Ficus - Knowledgebase Question

Newport Beach, CA
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Question by prujohn
March 7, 2000
Could you tell me what sort of help I can provide
for several large ficus trees I have potted outdoors?
Some look like they need some help(not alot of new
healthy green leaves)or maybe in need of even larger
pots /or some nutrients? I am unsure of what I should do to give them a boost and help them get some new growth.
Thanks for your help.

Answer from NGA
March 7, 2000
Ficus, sometimes called Weeping Fig, does best in well lighted areas, but doesn't especially like 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.

If your plants have been in the same containers for several years, you might want to repot them. After removing from the containers, if there's still room for more roots to grow, just refill the pot with fresh soil. If the roots are reasonably cramped, repot in a slightly larger pot, using fresh potting soil.

Providing new soil, proper light and adequate water and fertilizer should get your ficus growing again.

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