Asked January 11, 2021, 2:18 PM EST
I have a Bearss lime tree that I ordered last spring and grew outdoors. This fall I moved it indoors. The lime is growing well with lots of new growth. However, I am noticing a sticky residue on some of the leaves. The residue is patchy on some leaves, but appears on others as a sticky glaze on the entire leaf. I can find no evidence of scale, spider mites, mealy bugs, etc anywhere on the plant. Some of the older leaves on the interior of the plant are turning yellow, one has fallen. I do expect some leaf drop as the tree grows, however. The sticky residue is mainly on the mature green leaves and not on the new growth as of yet.
Do lime trees naturally produce a sticky secretion that would not cause alarm or is some problem existing with the plant. I appreciate any help and suggestions you can make. Thank you. Jim Worthley 507-474-4360
Winona County Minnesota