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Question: I rescued a ficus benjamina from a relative who was going to let it die. It's been a few months and the leaves are sparse. The branches are drooping and it doesn't seem to be growing or making any progress. Any suggestions????

Answer: Ficus, sometimes called Weeping Fig, does best in well lighted areas, but not much direct sunlight. In Summer give the Ficus plenty of water, but not so much that it collects in the saucer. Fertilize with a liquid fertilizer twice a month in Summer (follow label instructions). In Winter, cut back on water and do not ferilize. The Ficus will lose its leaves if sudden changes of light or temperature are made. Don't worry though, it will usually put on new leaves and adapt itself to the new situation.

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