The Q&A Archives: dying ficus

Question: is there any way to revive a 15 year old ficus that has lost all but 4 leaves and has been neglected?

Answer: If the roots are healthy, there's a good chance you can revive the ficus. Ficus will lose its leaves if sudden changes of light or temperature are made. Don't worry though, an otherwise healthy plant will usually put on new leaves and adapt itself to the new situation. 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. Hope you see some new growth soon!

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