WEEPING FIG FICUS BENJAMINA - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mitchcollins
January 16, 2011
we brought our braided fig in the house for the winter, it is loosing its leaves, what can I do?

Answer from NGA
January 16, 2011
Ficus are notorious for dropping leaves when they are moved. Typically it is due to lower light levels and dry indoor air during the winter heating season. Or, if they have grown a great deal and the leaves are dropping from the top portion of the plant, you may need to water them a bit more than you used to in compensation for the roots having filled more of the container. (Leaf loss from the lower portion can indicate overwatering.) Sometimes too a very dark and cloudy winter can actually make a big difference in the amount of light reaching the plants compared to a bright sunny winter with lots of sun reflecting the light. Try to provide bright light, water when the top of the soil drys out and just be patient with your ficus. You should see new leaf growth in a few weeks.

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