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Denmark, Copenhagen (Zone 7b)
BeginnerGardener
May 16, 2020 5:44 AM CST
Hey gardeners!
Two weeks ago I bought myself a ficus microcarpa ginseng and recently it started losing leaves very rapidly.
Currently the plant is sitting in a eastern-faced window (closed, to avoid the drafts for the plant) It's around 12°C/54 °F outside with ca. 59% humidity.

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I have been following this lovely woman's advice, when it comes to caring for the plant: "Taking Care of a Ginseng Ficus" on youtube from BuildersSA.
Alas, I am still losing leaves, which makes me believe that apparently; I really don't know what I am doing :p
So I was hoping for some wisdom! Just in the case of any helpful green fingered guy or gal would tip in with some advice :)
Thank you for reading!

IL
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Mardel
May 16, 2020 7:42 AM CST
They love to dry out completely in between watering
Denmark, Copenhagen (Zone 7b)
BeginnerGardener
May 16, 2020 7:55 AM CST
Mardel said:They love to dry out completely in between watering


Alright, thanks! I'll just try to be patient and let it dry out before I water it next time.
I am thinking it's probably just the stress of the new environment and it might just take it a little while to acclimate.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 16, 2020 10:03 AM CST
I strongly disagree about letting the soil dry out. Ficus species do not tolerate dry soil well at all.

I am concerned about how much light it is getting. Does the window overlook a courtyard? How many hours each day does the sun fall DIRECTLY onto the leaves of your Ginseng?

Did it come in that pot or did you replant it? Does that pot have a drain hole?

Up until now, how did you deceide when to water and how much did you provide?

That lovely lady is overselling the importance of fertilizer, which she sells, and also the need for high humidity. In general, your plant needs maximum indoor sunlight and soil that never gets dry.
Will Creed
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Denmark, Copenhagen (Zone 7b)
BeginnerGardener
May 16, 2020 12:02 PM CST
Thanks for the heads-up Will!
Yeah I considered that the amount of light it gets throughout the day might not be enough, since it is standing in a eastern faced window and there is a building with a sloped roof right in front, which might mean that the sun is too low on the sky for it to actually gain those precious 4 hours at the very least. I'll try and move it to a another window that is further south.
I haven't replanted it and the pot does have drain holes.
Up until now, I've been watering it when the top layer of the dirt felt dry and "crispy", letting the water soak it through until it runs out the holes in the bottom, checking to make sure it sucks the water back up and doesn't stand and soak in water for too long.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 16, 2020 2:42 PM CST
Water it as soon as the surface of the soil feels just barely dry. As long as there is a drain hole, there is little risk of overwatering it. It will need a thorough soaking at least once per week.

You are correct in assessing the light so do move it to a brighter location.

You should see some improvement within a couple of weeks.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Mardel
May 18, 2020 7:33 AM CST

I have had this plant for almost 4 months I keep it by a window it gets lots of sun and I only water it when the whole soil is dry. Watering day I completely soak it and clean the leaves in the sink as well. I guess care might be different for everyone.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 18, 2020 8:29 AM CST
I'm curious, @Mardel, about how often do you need to water your plant?
Will Creed
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Mardel
May 18, 2020 8:43 AM CST
WillC said:I'm curious, @Mardel, about how often do you need to water your plant?


It's about every 2 to 3 weeks depends on how much sun it gets I do have it in cactus soil .
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 18, 2020 8:52 AM CST
Thanks, Mardel. That's very interesting. It conflicts with my experience, but I long ago learned that plants are remarkable in their ability to adapt to different environmental conditions. Consequently, I never argue with anyone eles's success! Hurray!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Mardel
May 18, 2020 8:56 AM CST
WillC said:Thanks, Mardel. That's very interesting. It conflicts with my experience, but I long ago learned that plants are remarkable in their ability to adapt to different environmental conditions. Consequently, I never argue with anyone eles's success! Hurray!


I'm learning, I guess I'm scared of overwatering that I rather underwater almost everything. I lost my prized 3 foot elephant foot pony tail to a watering schedule last year that left me in tears. Thank you
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 18, 2020 9:02 AM CST
For sure, overwatering certain plants, such as succulents, has much more devastating consequences than underwatering. Ficus species are quite hardy and while they may shed leaves easily, they are pretty tough to kill and tolerate a wide range of conditions.
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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