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Ficus (spell?) Tree

Harald Teicher hteicher at biobase.dk
Fri Dec 8 03:48:49 EST 1995

Gary Bachman (bachman.9 at osu.edu) wrote:
: Check if there is a vent blowing towards the tree.  This is a reason Ficus plants drop leaves 
: unexpectantly

Ficus benjamina has a tendency to drop leaves following sudden changes in
light, temp. and air stability (like when you move them from the store to
your office)

so most people panic and give them more water, which is another change and
leads to more leaves dropping so they give them more water which leads to...
(incidentally: brown leaf tips = overwatering, waterlogging, rotting of the 
roots, cure = dont water for a week or two and hope the damage isnt too bad.
remember also that the crown of a tree is related to the size of the root net -
smaller rootnet = leaf shedding)

so leave your tree alone. let it drop its leaves. water it sparsely as it has
fewer leaves (less transpiration). remember, it takes minutes for you to adapt
the trees environment, weeks for the tree to adapt. and in a couple of weeks it
will set new leaves and be a happy banyan tree

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