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Sun May 26, 2013, 08:44 AM

My Devil's Ivy plant is discharging an oily substance on the pot

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It's dark, doesn't smell too bad, and doesn't seem to be affecting the plant itself. The thing is 20 years old and healthy as can be.

Any idea what this is? It happens almost daily, the oil collects on the rim and drips down the pot. No idea where it's coming from.

On edit: Not Ficus, Devil's Ivy. Sorry.

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Reply My Devil's Ivy plant is discharging an oily substance on the pot (Original post)
tridim May 2013 OP
Viva_La_Revolution May 2013 #1
tridim May 2013 #2
Viva_La_Revolution May 2013 #3
tridim May 2013 #4
Viva_La_Revolution May 2013 #5
Curmudgeoness May 2013 #6
tridim May 2013 #7

Response to tridim (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 08:58 AM

1. Ficus sap can be toxic to animals,

especially Ficus benjamina, the weeping fig.

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:20 AM

2. Thanks. All of my plants are out of reach of the dog.


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Response to tridim (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:57 AM

3. Pothos also toxic to animals

but I've never had one start weeping oil and their sap should be clear or a bit milky. Does it irritate your skin if it gets on it?

can you post pics? It could be sick, trees with slime flux have dark sap. I'm flummoxed.

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #3)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:47 AM

4. I really think the oil is coming from the soil.

The plant itself is always dry, but the pot rim is soaked in the oily stuff. It feels like thin vegetable oil.

I just cleaned the pot and repotted with fresh soil, we'll see what happens.

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Response to tridim (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:17 AM

5. good idea.

let us know how it does.

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Response to tridim (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:28 PM

6. I have Devil's Ivy all over the house,

and have had it much longer than 20 years, and I have never seen this. I have no idea what it could be. Sorry.

(I have Devil's Ivy all over because 1) you can't kill it and 2) it has to be trimmed back so often and I was on a roll with rooting the trimmings. I should start selling it!)

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Response to tridim (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 08:12 AM

7. Next day with new soil, no weepy oil.

Weird. Maybe a friend dumped something in it? No idea.

Oh well, thanks for your help.

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