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Ficus Benjimana - Dropping Leaves

Penny Morgan PMORGAN2 at nc.rr.com
Fri Sep 28 18:50:41 EST 2001

You can water the plant until it runs out the bottom.  I'm assuming you have
a saucer that catches the water.  If it's a large container (usually is with
ficus), put in 2-3 quarts, but again, even if you poured a gallon of water,
it should all drain out the bottom.  Don't let the water sit in the saucer.
Slide a larger clear saucer under the plant when watering and let it fill
up.  Wait about 15 minutes, then dump all the water out of the saucer.  In
other words, don't let the roots sit in water or it gets too much water.  If
you check the soil with a small bamboo stick or popsicle stick and it comes
out dry or clean, then water.  If it comes out with crumbs, then the soil is
moist enough; wait another 3 days and check again.  You may end up only
watering every 10-12 days instead.  Good Luck.

Zone 7 - North Carolina
Dwayne Conyers <dwacon at theglobe.com> wrote in message
news:tr6ij97nmv021f at news.supernews.com...
> "Penny Morgan" <PMORGAN2 at nc.rr.com> wrote in message
> news:yvuh7.164432$TM5.29983922 at typhoon.southeast.rr.com...
> > I looked up your plant and it says:
> >
> > It thrives on rich, steadily moist (not wet) soil, frequent light
> > and abundant light.
> >
> > I'm guessing that it may be a problem with too much standing water.  Try
> > watering once a week
> >
> How much water during the weekly waterings.  I only water once a week but
> think I'm putting in too much.
> Dwacon
> www.dwacon.com

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