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Ficus

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Question: 24-5201
There is a thick yellow film on the soil under our ficus plant. The plant seems weak. Could it be the soil? Don, Sommerville, MA

Mort's Answer:
Youıre right in assuming that there is a problem. Your soil has a rust or fungus. Many companies use recycled refuse and garbage in their packaged soils. Often times, cooking doesnıt sufficiently kill the many pathogens in the soils. Repot your plant in a quality sandy soil. If you can not acquire such a medium, mix peat, perlite and sand in equal parts for a good soil medium. Do not fertilize or over water. Spray the ficus with Bordeaux Mix outdoors on a warm day to arrest the culprits before they do more harm.

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Question: 26-5201
We had a 7 foot Ficus on the patio. Every year after we bring it into the house, it will lose its leaves. What can we do? Ric, Westerly, RI

Mort's Answer:
You can put it in direct light in a south facing window. Because the Ficus was in a high light situation, the drastic change puts the plant into dormancy. Do not fertilize and give it very little water, if this occurs. When the plant sprouts again, you can increase the water. I would not fertilize until late March. You should shade the plant outdoors next year.

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Question: 287-5201
My Ficus is dropping it's leaves. There doesn't seem to be any sign of disease or insects. What could be the problem? Virginia, Boston, MA

Mort's Answer:
Defoliation is quite common to this very popular indoor tree in the winter. Ficus can take high light or low light but doesn't do well in changes. When the light drops around the beginning of winter, very often the ficus go into dormancy and drop their leaves. In a month or two new leaves will begin to appear at he bottom. In the meantime, do not water very frequently and do not fertilize. Your plant will signal you that it is ready for regular water at that time. Next fall, you can remedy this phenomenon by simply moving your plant closer to the light source as December 21 approaches.

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Question: 887-513
We recently had some real cold weather and a biting wind. My big leaf ficus leaves turned black on the outside. The inner part of the plant is fine as is the other tropicals that are under an arbor. Do you think it is a disease? Hal, Canoga Park ,CA

Mort's Answer:
It is unlikely that your Ficus robusta suffered from fungus among us. It is most likely that you had a Frostus californicae, a rare affliction in your area. Colder temperatures of 37 or so can be mitigated by wind chills. Cut off the affected areas down to the next branch. New growth is especially vulnerable but is quickly replaced this time of year.

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