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Does My Plant Have Stem Gall?
Ask the Expert:what are stem galls?
I have tiny "cobwebs" at the stem end of my croton and I notice no new leaf growth and many leaves falling off. Could these be stem galls? Or what else could these cobwebs be and how do I get rid of them and ensure they don't come back? Madelon
Plant Expert Reply:
Stem gall is an abnormal growth on the stem of a plant. It can be cause by various parasites: fungus, bacteria, insects, mites.
However, you probably have cottony scale. It is an insect. You will need an insecticide for houseplants. Your local garden center should carry one.