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Twhalez
Mar 3, 2018 7:08 AM CST
Hello,
I recently bought a bonsai tree sort of plant. Ever since I bought it it's been slowly dying..... the leaves are falling off one by one. I have tried watering it more, watering it less, giving it more direct sunlight and keeping it away from the sun... but nothing is working! Please help my sad plant :(
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porkpal
Mar 3, 2018 7:30 AM CST
I have always heard that it is very difficult to maintain bonsais in good health when kept entirely indoors. Wish I could help...
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WillC
Mar 3, 2018 7:44 AM CST
Honestly, your Jade Plant is in poor condition and it may not revive. I'm not sure what has got it to this point, but constant change in light and water is not good for any plant.

Jades require lots of sunlight and are best kept on or close to a sunny windowsill.

Jades this size should be watered when the top half-inch of soil is dry. I suggest that you pull up the inner plastic pot and check to make sure there is no water sitting in the bottom of the ceramic pot. If there is, then root rot is the likely cause of the problem. I also suggest that you remove the pebbles and any other debris from the surface of the soil. When you water, add just enough so that a bit trickles through the drain holes of the inner pot. Avoid leaving the inner pot sitting in water in the bottom of the outer pot

More light and proper watering are all you can do, but as I wrote previously, it may be too late. Good luck with it!
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Baja_Costero
Mar 3, 2018 10:19 AM CST
That is not a jade plant, but I can't help with the original question.
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DaisyI
Mar 3, 2018 10:20 AM CST
@WillC, its not a Jade but I'm not sure what it is.

Welcome! Twhalez

I'm not sure what you have there - it doesn't look like a bonsai so much as a tree that someone cut off and called a bonsai. Where did you get it? Did you ask what it was? Bonsai is a pruning style, not a plant ID. WillC is right though, constantly changing care isn't good for any plant. With new plants, water when the top 1/2 inch of soil is dry and give them plenty of bright light (but not direct sun) until you figure out what they are and what care is needed.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 3, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Do you know whether it even has any roots?
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tofitropic
Mar 3, 2018 11:24 PM CST
(sorry only joining for the ID). Its a Ficus retusa, (F microcarpa), a tropical plant, very common for "bonsai" or indoor plant.
I might not be the able to give the best suggestion on growing tropical indoor in a non tropical climate, I wish other will gives you more suggestion.
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Philipwonel
Mar 4, 2018 4:03 AM CST
Thanks Tofi @tofitropic for ID, pic is to dark for me.
Ficus are temperamental. They don't like to be moved. When they are moved, or even just turned, they may lose some to all there leaves, then come back, be it slowly. Put it somewhere, it will stay that has bright, indirect light. Water when top inch or two of soil dries.
And be, VERY PATIENT. She's been through hell. 😟

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WillC
Mar 4, 2018 10:10 AM CST
After closer inspection, I agree and thank Baja and Tofi for correctly pointing out that it is not a Jade, but a Ficus. I fell into the trap of assuming the original poster had properly ID'd the plant. D'Oh!

Ficus species need maximum sunlight so you must keep it close to a sunny window where it will get some direct sunlight every day. Do check to make sure it is not sitting in water. Remove the pebbles and water it as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry. The good news is that Ficus' are more resilient than Jades so your plant may well recover if given proper light and water and patience.
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tarev
Mar 4, 2018 11:52 AM CST
Hello Twhalez, if it were my plant, I would reposition it nearer the window, to get more light access, preferably south or east facing window. I would also carefully check the roots. Not sure what type of Ficus that is, but if it is the type that does caudex formation below soil line, you may need to make your media just moderately moist and well draining, so the roots will not rot from staying too wet. It would ideally love to stay in the temperature range of 65F to 70F indoors with lots of light.

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