Clear, Sticky Stuff on leaves

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I have noticed some clear syrup-like secretion on leaf surfaces of some of my plants. Is this normal or is it a sign of pests? Pls. help!
 

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Many happy, well grown orchids release this "honey dew" to attract ants and bugs for pollenation. It's a sweet, sugary, sticky residue. I get it in my hair all the time and it's a real PITA. I've got long hair and have to make sure it's put up before watering or I'll be sorry. I mainly see it on my dendrobiums, phals and some oncidium types and some others. Phrags and paphs don't get this so if you're seeing a sticky substance on them, there's a problem.
 

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Is it sweet, if it is and there are no pests it's just the 'honey'. Happy plants make this.
Please use your heads folks and if you're using systemic pesticides, especially, don't be tasting your plants!!
 
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WELL GO FIGURE! I didn't know that!!!! :rolleyes:My phals are the best mealybug attractors, when I find the sticky stuff, I'm not findings pests but I don't want to chance it, start with a soap & water bath!
 

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Then what you've got isn't honeydew but scale excretion-yuck. Neem won't do much for you I'm afraid. If you grow indoors there are a few less toxic options available. I'm sure an indoor grower would love to give you some hints. I tend to fire the big guns-pesticides when I see scale in my g.h.
 
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