House Plants/ficus

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Hi,
I have a Ficus bonsai. lately I have observed that it has shed all its leaves. The branches also look dry. I have been taking good care of it but I don't understand why it shed all its leaves. Is it alive or dead and how can I regain its health.thanks

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Kelly,

There are hundreds of varieties of ficus. They can drop their leaves because they get to cold, or because they dried out too much even if only for 1 day or if they are to wet because there are no drainage holes in the pot or because you are watering it too much and the roots are watering.  Hot dry air can also cause it to drop leaves.

Make sure there are drain holes in the bottom of the pot. Water it when it is dry and empty the drain tray an hour. If the air is very dry put a large clear plastic bag over the pot to increase the humidity around the plant. I have had ficus trees loose all there leaves and grow ne ones in the spring. Write again if you have more questions. Good luck!

Darlene

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Darlene K. Kittle

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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.

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

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

Education/Credentials
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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