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Oct 23, 2021 4:55 PM CST
Name: John
Connecticut (Zone 7a)
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I have a common type ficus potted and kept in the house. I've had it more than ten years but know little about caring for it. Can anyone give me advise ? Here's are recent photos.

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Oct 23, 2021 5:35 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Oct 23, 2021 6:15 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Yes, it looks like you are caring for it just fine.
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Oct 24, 2021 7:36 AM CST
Name: John
Connecticut (Zone 7a)
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Gee thanks. https://garden.org/i/s/thankyo... I'll keep up the good work.
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Oct 24, 2021 7:49 AM CST

Looks great. Has it ever been outside in summer? Been growing common ficus for50 years. They love shaded outdoors(warm season) , hate being moved, and like it on dry side. I agree w keeping doing what your doing.
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Oct 24, 2021 11:51 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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My Ficus is 25 years old. I never put it out in summer - its just too big. I have to repot on a tarp in the middle of the floor. The "hate being moved" part is a myth. Actually, they are quick to tell you when they are unhappy. Usually that goes with a move. If you keep it outside all summer than bring it in to lesser light, it will drop enough leaves to make up for the lesser light. If you change watering or over or underwater, it will drop leaves.

Mine has moved houses (and states) 4 times and has never lost a leaf. Aaronrodg12, maybe your tree loses leaves because of lesser indoor light? The sunniest window in your house is about equal to the light in outdoor shade because of window glass.
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Oct 25, 2021 1:07 AM CST
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
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Oct 26, 2021 8:05 AM CST
Name: John
Connecticut (Zone 7a)
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Thank all of you for your interest and reply. Yes I have put it out in summer under a very large red maple shade tree. It does well but this year there was much wind and rain, the result was it has less leaves than ever. I heard somewhere to prune 1/3 each year, I've only done that twice. I think it's due to be repotted, may have done that once before. Last winter it sat next to a humidifier and looked amazing by spring.
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