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Benseb
Jun 14, 2020 4:59 AM CST
We have a Ficus Amstel King which initially seemed pretty idiotproof...

However I think the position it's been in (near radiator, half shaded) has resulted in one half of the tree dying away.

It's a real shame as it was a lovely feature in our room so I'm seeing if it's possible to revive

The growth that's that is doing well but it rarely gets new growth. The main issue is the half which is dead. I've cut back the branches which were totally dead but it's obviously left quite a misshaped foliage.

Where should I go with it now? Should I cut back some of the growth that's that so it's a more compact shape? Repot with new soil?

Any help much appreciated

Thanks

Ben
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 14, 2020 10:36 AM CST
Welcome! Prune back your Ficus as much as you can stand. Remove all of the dry, leafless, brittle stems as they are dead.

After pruning, move it back inside to a location in front of a sunny uncovered window. It does best with lots of direct indoor sun.

The pot size is fine, but it should be watered thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry to the touch. It is hard to overwater this plant so aim to keep the soil damp at all times.

With more sun and water I think you will see some good improvement.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

Benseb
Jun 14, 2020 10:45 AM CST
WillC said: Welcome! Prune back your Ficus as much as you can stand. Remove all of the dry, leafless, brittle stems as they are dead.

After pruning, move it back inside to a location in front of a sunny uncovered window. It does best with lots of direct indoor sun.

The pot size is fine, but it should be watered thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry to the touch. It is hard to overwater this plant so aim to keep the soil damp at all times.

With more sun and water I think you will see some good improvement.



Thanks Will. So when you say prune back as much as we can stand does that include the growing tips/leaves too that are a bit leggy?

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 14, 2020 12:47 PM CST
Yes, you can prune back healthy stems with healthy leaves to shorten them and to eliminate some of the bare legginess. Healthy stems will push out new growth right at the points where you make the pruning cuts. Pruning allows you to shape the tree and promote new growth where you would like it to be.
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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