Dying Weeping Fig Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Encinitas, CA
Question by Wendyleo037
November 9, 2002
My weeping fig tree is dying RAPIDLY. It is right by a window so it gets full to partial sun. I think we over watered it, but can we save it now? Hardly any of the twigs are sprouting any leaves and the ones that are all fall off. :(

Answer from NGA
November 9, 2002


Ficus benjamina, the weeping fig, is a wonderful houseplant when given the right conditions. It likes bright light but not direct sunlight. I'd move the tree to a new location, somewhere that's brightly lit but without direct sunshine. Given time, it should recover.

General care of ficus includes:
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.

Best wishes with your ficus tree!

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