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Jan 2, 2017 4:10 PM CST
My bonsai looks healthy with healthy green leaves but lately they are falling to the floor. Am i putting too much water or barley any? Thanks
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Jan 2, 2017 5:23 PM CST

It looks like a Ficus. Although evergreen, they will drop a few leaves in winter.

Check the moisture of your soil with your finger. If you can feel moisture in the top inch, don't water.

Also, check the weight of the pot before and after you water. Light before you water, heavier after you water. If its still light after you water, time to repot.

It looks like it could use a lot more light.
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Jan 2, 2017 6:34 PM CST
Hi Srm44, Welcome!

Your plant looks very healthy and I agree, it appears to be a ficus. It reminds me of Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) which do tend to drop leaves on occasion. I used to have issues with them dropping leaves whenever I moved them from one location to another. I once had a large Ficus benjamina tree on our pool deck that would go completely bare, dropping every single leaf if I moved it a couple of feet from its original location.
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Jan 2, 2017 6:45 PM CST
Hello Srm_44, it does look like a Ficus bejamina, it still looks okay to me..maybe move to just a bit more light. I still water mine while I have it indoors during the cold season but with some intervals. And yes, it does drop some leaves during this time.

Don't be tempted to overwater, it holds moisture very well in its trunk.

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