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Name: sy
Northern Ireland (Zone 8a)
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syzone8aUK
Nov 9, 2016 7:15 AM CST
Hi! I bought this plant well over a year ago simply named ficus it was reduced to almost nothing and I couldn't resist! The problem is it has neither improved nor deteriorated in over a year! What do I do with it? Can it burst back into life? or is it just taking along time to die?

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 9, 2016 9:19 AM CST
Tip looks dead. Has it tried to branch out ? Seems it would in a year. Of course maybe they dont. It looks good otherwise. Enjoy it in the mean time !
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 9, 2016 9:59 AM CST
It's a Fiddle Leaf fig, Sy. They grow into a fairly large tree in gardens here. I think you should try potting it up, into some new soil and see if that perks it up and inspires some new growth. I would hose off all the old soil, loosen up the root ball, (tease out the roots so they aren't going round and round) and pot it up in new, high quality potting compost with a little fertilizer in it. Then keep it warm and moist in a bright window.

As long as it has green, healthy looking leaves there's no reason to give up on it. In time it could make a beautiful house plant for you.

How big is your house?? Hilarious! (just saying be careful what you wish for and don't be TOO kind to it or it will become a monster)
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: sy
Northern Ireland (Zone 8a)
Region: United Kingdom Native Plants and Wildflowers Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds The WITWIT Badge Container Gardener
Foliage Fan Sempervivums Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Region: New Mexico
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syzone8aUK
Nov 9, 2016 10:47 AM CST
thanks philip i thought the tip looked dead too! and no it hasn't tried to branch.. actually hasn't changed at all since I bought it!

Thankyou elaine.. sounds like a plan! I haven't up-potted yet but I did repot this spring and the roots looked ok they where quite thick but weren't filling the pot! I just used coir tho! I'll try a good compost this time! I actually don't mind if it never improves looks wise just aslong as I know its alive and can improve health wise!
and my house is quite small elaine so maybe not a bad thing its stunted lol
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 9, 2016 12:08 PM CST
Maybe it's gist a ! LATE BLOOMER !!!
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