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May 6, 2020 4:50 AM CST
West midlands
Hello,

I was wondering if someone could provide some assistance? I brought a large ficus ginseng and the top part of the plant has lost all its leaves? There are still shoots at the bottom but the top is completely bald ☹️ Can someone please help...
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May 6, 2020 5:40 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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#1, I think that it needs a brighter spot then being stuck in a corner. It needs slightly acidic soil, 5.0-6.0 ph.
It likes to go dry a bit between waterings. That is as much as in know.
My sister in law has had one for years in front of a bright NE facing sliding glass door. Hers does very well.
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May 6, 2020 8:09 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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Welcome! Was your plant repotted?
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May 8, 2020 6:21 AM CST
West midlands
Hello,

Thank you both so much I really appreciate this. When I first brought the plant it was in a different position - it was quite close to a radiator and started losing all its leaves... so then I moved it to that corner and it does get sun light and started to regrow - I will move it again now and try a different spot.

I didn't repot the plant but I did dig up some of the soil and add in extra? As you can see the bottom of the tree is lovely and has new leaves coming! But I don't know what I should do with the top and whether I should chop off the dead branches?

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May 8, 2020 6:26 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
Hey, you are welcome.
Taught classes on Orchids and Orchid growing and led hundreds of bird walks. Retired Wildlife Biologist.
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May 8, 2020 7:35 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
It's good that you improved its light. I'm not sure why you added soil to the top. I suggest that you remove the soil you added and hope that you didn't do much damage to the upper roots when you dug up the soil.

Water it thoroughly whenever the top half-inch of soil feels dry.

Yes, prune off any stems that are dry and brittle.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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May 8, 2020 12:46 PM CST
West midlands
Thank you everyone! I added more soil because the roots were showing but I guess in hindsight I should not have done this Sad I have now removed the top soil, moved it to an area where it has more light and will only water once the top soil is dry ... I will also clip off all the dead branches and hope that the top of the tree will spout leaves again.
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May 9, 2020 7:11 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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