Houseplants forum: My Audrey Ficus needs HELP!

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geena118
Feb 20, 2019 5:20 PM CST
Hello! I have had my Audrey for a few months now and I've spotted one of the plants not doing so hot... is this lack of humidity (upper leaf) and root rot?!!? Please help and let me know what I should do. Thank you!!
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 20, 2019 6:24 PM CST
We need more information. A photo that shows the entire plant and its pot would be very helpful.

It looks like you repotted. Does the pot have a drain hole?

Where have you had it relative to the nearest window?

What is your watering routine?
Will Creed
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geena118
Feb 20, 2019 8:28 PM CST
Here is the photo!
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I did repot it as soon as I got it. The pot does have drainage (holes on the bottom).

For a few months it was approximately 8 feet away from a window with indirect sunlight. I just moved it a couple of days ago directly next to the window.

For watering, I tend to just water when the soil feels dry.

I appreciate the help!

Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 22, 2019 11:15 AM CST
The rather puny new leaves are a direct result of their not getting enough light when they emerged. Your Ficus would do best in front of a sunny window where it gets lots of DIRECT sunlight. Otherwise, provide as much light as you can.

It would have been better if you had not repotted it. The repotting makes proper thing more difficult. Remove any soil you added to the top of the original rootball. Then water it as soon as the surface of the remaining soil feels dry to the touch. You will have to experiment with how much water to add each time. You want to add just enough so that the surface gets dry again in about a week.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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geena118
Feb 23, 2019 12:49 PM CST
Okay thank you for this advice, Will. I watered it and put it directly in light. In general, my apartment is extremely dry in the winter so I have a humidifier in my room to balance things out. I think the dryness often makes me want to water my plants more frequently. Any advice on this??
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 24, 2019 9:11 AM CST
Humidity does dry out the air and increases the evaporation of moisture from plant leaves and soil. That often means that potted plants need more water during dry winter months, so your intuition is right.

Plants should be watered "as -needed" rather than by schedule as is often recommended. Continue to use your finger to determine when your plants are dry enough to need water.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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