scrawny indoor potted fig - Knowledgebase Question

Craig, Co
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Question by thomtrm
October 29, 2009
The Home Depot decorative fig tree I've had for three years has lost all lower leaves (not attractive). Can I trim it back to get new leaves, or will that kill it? It sits beside a full-length east window, but - shade from an outdoor elm blocks direct sun. Would like more than 3 sticks with a few top leaves: any hope?

Answer from NGA
October 29, 2009
Weeping fig - Ficus benjamina is one of the most popular houseplants, grown especially for its very decorative shiny, green oval leaves. It can be pruned to almost any shape and size. You can safely prune the branches back by one-third. This will force new growth behind the pruning cuts to help it fill out a little more and will also encourage new stems to grow outward. Best wishes with your indoor garden.

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