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Ficus Benjamina Tree in trouble

Stephen M Jankalski CEREOID at prodigy.net
Wed Sep 29 08:00:05 EST 1999

What to do now? Just wait and see what happens next. 

They don't call Ficus benjamina the "Weeping Fig" for nothing. Leaf drop is
quite common for newly purchased plants. It may grow new leaves once
acclimatized or perish. It is not a very good houseplant. The benefits of
fluorescent lights would be negligible for such a large tree.

Can you return it and get your money back?

JL <lystadjo at pilot.msu.edu> wrote in article
<37F19AE5.D664BA0F at pilot.msu.edu>...
> I recently got a ficus tree (about 9 feet tall).  Had it for about 4
> weeks.  It has lost about half it's leaves and continues to do so.  I
> water it moderately (not too dry or wet), and have placed it in the
> sunniest window along with flourescent 100 watt plant lights.  It
> continues to loose leaves, and at this rate, will have none left.
> What to do?  Will this thing regrow leaves, (it looks pretty straggly
> now). Or just continue to die.

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