The Q&A Archives: FICUS TREE

Question: We received a new Ficus Tree a few weeks ago. We have given it plenty of water and moderate light. It is kept indoors. However, it is raining leaves. Any suggestions?

Answer: It sounds as though your ficus is adjusting to its new environment. Not to worry, leaf drop is normal. To keep your ficus healthy, here are some general pointers: The Ficus, sometimes called Weeping Fig, does best in well lighted areas, but not much direct sunlight. In Summer give the Ficus plenty of water, enough to keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet. Fertilize with a liquid fertilizer twice a month in Summer (follow label instructions). In Winter, cut back on water somewhat and do not fertilize. Try to keep the atmosphere around the tree somewhat humid in winter during the heating season. 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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