House Plants/Fiscus Tree

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Question
Hi,
I have a beautiful 20 yr old tree, every fall it sheds like crazy.
All I have to do is walk by, and a leaf falls.However, I see new growth coming.
What is going on?
Thanks

Answer
Hi

This is what Ficus do but no one knows why. Every fall, Ficus trees shed their lower leaves but retain the upper leaves and burst into growth in spring.

You can help to calm it by spraying your tree with water every now and then and keep the compost moist. It may need top dressing and feeding to but do not do this until spring.

In spring, try pruning it and put it in a bright location but do this gradually as these trees hate being moved and this also causes leaf drop, so do draughts and central heating.

But your tree appears to be acting perfectly normal.

Hope this helps.

Jonathan.

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Jonathan Alderson

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I cannot answer questions about difficult and rare houseplants but I can with all the rest of the popular or even uncommon types.

Experience

I have grown houseplants for a lot of years and as always, I started off with a cactus and a Chlorophytum. I know all about the growing conditions, watering, feeding, humidity and propagation. I also know about the winter care and the pruning of flowering houseplants and the lighting for the foliage plants. I can also tell people the difference between pot plants and permanent plants and how to keep the pot plants for another season if that is possible for that particular plant.

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Trade Base Community Allotment Association.

Education/Credentials
I have an NVQ Level 1 in horticulture.

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