Ask a Question forum: Ficus Lyrata .... 2nd life possible ?

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Jan 29, 2018 5:16 AM CST
Hello Dear Gardeners,

I need help :
my poor Ficus was more "leafy" when I purchased it. I am located in a hot country facing the window, and it is located inside the apartment. Inside, in the Winter is 20 degree , and summer can go to 27 degree during summer.
As you can see, it lost most of the bottom ones to propage to the top - there are more and more brown spots etc ...
My questions :
1 : You can see on the bottom of one of the trunk, there are new leafs ( never thought it would be possible ) . Should I remove them ? if so , by removing them , can I give to those leafs a new life by potting them - how ? ... I am afraid by removing them, I will kill them.
2 : For the current trunks : how can I give them a better life ? more green ? less brown spots ? less falling ? should this plant give a turn every 10 days ?
Thanks a mil
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jan 29, 2018 6:26 AM CST
Hi Diane,

I don't know the history of your Ficus lyrata, so it is hard to know what has caused the leaf spotting and leaf loss. In the photo, it appears to be in an appropriately sunny location. Has it always been there? It also appears that the recent watering has been okay, but it may have gotten too dry at some point. The healthy new growth suggests that its recent care has been okay.

Getting new growth at the base of an existing stem is unusual, but a good sign. Trying to sever it and pot it by itself is risky and I don't recommend it. If you leave it where it is, it will continue to grow and develop into a taller stem.

The lower leaves that have already fallen will not be replaced. New growth is almost always at the tip ends of each stem. The leaves that have spots will not recover.

In general, Lyratas need lots of sunlight and water as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry. Make sure that water is not accumulating between the two pots that you are using. Rotate the plant a quarter turn each week.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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