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What is the life span of your basic ficus tree?  I have 3 that range in age from 45-50 years old.  One is losing all its leaves while the other 2 are fine.  Could it be its age?


I doubt it is it's age, they can live 100+ years but they can get more difficult as they get older. When was it last repotted and how tall is it? They can be difficult to keep indoors when they are so tall they are touching your ceiling. It may not be getting enough sun from the windows if it is very large.

Let me know the when it was last repotted, how large it is, whether it is indoors or out, where you are located so I know the climate, how much light it is  getting, the diameter of the pot, and how often you water it?  With that information I can give you my best advice. I am very good at raising ficus trees both as houseplants and as bonsai. I'll watch for your answers.


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Darlene K. Kittle


I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.


I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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