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Dying Ficus benjamin

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Question: Dying Ficus benjamin

Hello,

a few years ago at my office he had found a white and green ficus benjamin "asylum". After changes inside the office, the poor plant was, alas, forgotten and started to perish. I therefore chose to adopt it in the hope of saving it. It really looks very bare, with sparse, and half dry leaves. I had thought of removing at least the dead branches, but in fact apart from giving a little fertilizer and water I am absolutely profane. I ask for help !! thank you very much


Answer: Dying Ficus benjamin

Dear Lisa,

ficus are among the most cultivated apartment plants, due to their beauty, but also because they have luxuriant growth, even if grown in small pots. In nature, ficus are large trees, and also at home they love to receive a lot of light (not direct sunlight, but good brightness), and to live in a well-ventilated place, without sudden sudden changes in temperature.

Keep the ficus in a large space, not relegated to a small corner; water the plant only when the soil is dry, which can mean about once a week in winter and almost every day in summer. If possible, bring the plant outdoors in bright shade in good weather.

From March to September fertilize every 15 days, with some fertilizer for green plants.

Now that the plant is battered, you can think of buying a special fertilizer for distressed plants in the nursery, but since the plant will only be watered when the soil is dry, consider that you will only have to supply it once a month.

You can also trim all the branches, so that the plant begins to sprout giving rise to a denser and denser foliage.

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