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Forked River, NJ
Sep 18, 2017 11:35 AM CST
We put our Weeping Fig outside on a covered patio for June - August. When we brought it in my husband thought he saw bugs. He used the only thing in the closet...Deepwater Off... Mr. Ficus is now shedding most of his leaves. Did we kill it? Mr. Ficus is 35 years old and very precious to me.
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Sep 18, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Did you mean to say Deep Woods Off?
You probably killed the tree but it may make a comeback.
Time will tell.

Next time just use a spray of water with a small drop of dish soap; it will get the bugs moving and do little or no harm to the tree.
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Forked River, NJ
Sep 18, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Thank you for your response. I sprayed the tree with water today to try and wash the leaves clean. It still has some good limbs with healthy looking leaves. Should I trim the leafless branches?
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Sep 18, 2017 12:51 PM CST
Hi Valbrandtgmailcom, Welcome!

I used to grow quite a few Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) and I found them to be extremely temperamental about being moved! They would lose every single leaf when I changed their location by 2 or 3 feet!! In time, they will leaf back out.

Good idea that you washed the Deepwoods Off from the plant ... if you ever notice insects again, you can do as @greene suggested, place a couple of drops of liquid dish soap in a bottle of water or use an insecticidal soap spray (found in local garden centers) which works very well for different types of insects.
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Forked River, NJ
Sep 18, 2017 1:16 PM CST
Crossing Fingers! Thank You!

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