The Q&A Archives: Need help with indoor ficus.

Question: I bought a ficus at Home Depot about a month ago and place it in a location near a solar tube for light and have kept the soil consistently moist and recommended on the information that was with the plant. However, it is continuously dropping leaves - 2 or 3 a day. What am I doing wrong?

Answer: Some leaf drop is natural (ficus tends to drop its oldest leaves but quickly replaces them). I think your ficus is just adjusting to its new place in your home. It takes them a while and then they make up for lost time by putting on lots of new growth. Ficus generally enjoy bright light (but not direct sunlight) and grow best when the temperature is 70-80 degrees during the day and 65-70 degrees at night. You probably already know not to let your soil get too wet or too dry. Use the pencil test...insert a pencil approximately 3" into the soil. If it comes out with soil on it, the moisture level is fine, if it comes out clean, the plant needs watering. Just be patient with your ficus. I think it will adjust and recover and grow beautifully for you.

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