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california (Zone 8b)
Jan 23, 2018 9:40 PM CST

I have a ficus plant that has basically stayed the same size for years. I've tried moving it around the house (currently getting filtered sun from skylights) and giving it some outside time during the day, adding fertilizer (miracle grow all purpose), and to no avail.

Any thoughts? Change the soil, give up? Also my house has no heat (or ac), and it's not well insulated - maybe it's too cold?
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jan 24, 2018 6:09 AM CST
It has not gotten consistently good sunlight. It should be located right in front of a completely uncovered, unobstructed window. Light from skylights is very limited. Don't move it around or in and out as that stresses it as it tries to adapt to each change.

Fertilizer is not medicine and is intended only for healthy, vigorously growing plants.

Your plant is fine down to 45 degrees F.

Trim off the dead twigs. Water it as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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