Care of old ficus plant - Knowledgebase Question

East Northport, Ne
Question by garden106
June 2, 2010
We have a ficus plant that is over 25 years old. It was repotted about three years ago, and is pot-bound again. It is already in a very large pot, and I do not want a larger one. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
June 2, 2010


You should be able to do a little root pruning without adversely affecting your ficus. Just unpot it and cut away an inch or two of the roots all around (including the bottom). These small roots will regrow after you repot your plant. Use a sharp knife and cut from the top to the bottom, turn the plant slightly and cut from top to bottom. Repeat until you've shaved off an inch or two all around. Then make a slice through the bottom, one or two inches deep. After the root pruning, repot using fresh potting soil and tamping it down well.

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