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Misssueky
May 7, 2020 9:02 PM CST
Hey everyone,

So this poor ficus has been through the wars. I was going to get rid of it so chopped back it's very thick trunk roots. It still has its root ball and some of the root trucks.

I then changed my mind and put it in a pot.
It's in a shaded position and the very top gets a little Sun.

Every day more and more leaves turn yellow and drop off.

Do you think there is any chance of can bounce back?
It was placed in this pot about 3 weeks ago.

Any tips to help it survive would be very welcome. Thank you ☺️
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 7, 2020 10:10 PM CST
It has a good chance of survival; Ficus are hard to kill. Root pruning is usually accompanied by canopy pruning. Smiling

To give it the best chance, you may want to take off some of the canopy. You could make the whole plant smaller or be more selective, just doing some thinning.
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Misssueky
May 7, 2020 10:17 PM CST
@DaisyI would you believe this is it already canopy pruned?
I took quite a lot off it after I butchered the roots Big Grin
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 7, 2020 10:22 PM CST
That's good. If you've aleady taken a lot off, be patient and it will most likely recover.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
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Misssueky
May 7, 2020 10:27 PM CST
Thanks @DaisyI !
How long does it normally take for plants to bounce back after such trauma?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 8, 2020 12:30 AM CST
I don't know how long it will take. As long as its got green leaves, it has a chance. Growing new leaves would mean everything (canopy and roots) is balanced again and the tree is starting to grow.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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