I've been searching old posts, and this seems to be a common problem, but
I've yet to read an answer that corresponds exactly to my situation.
I purchased a weeping fig about 3 weeks ago. Plant itself is approx. 2 feet
high, and is composed of 4 stems (?) braided together with the leaves
bunched on top. The garden center warned me at the time that the plant
would drop a lot of leaves when I *first* brought it home. They said I
should water the plant every two days, but that it requires *lots* of
misting. At the time of purchase, it was in a 6" diameter plastic pot.
They said I did not have to re-pot it.
Two weeks ago, I did re-pot the plant into a ceramic, 8" diameter planter.
It sits in a bright area of the house, but not in direct sunlight, in a warm
room. I have watered the plant faithfully every second day, and I mist it
all the time (5-6 times a day). But it is still dropping leaves -
approximately 10 per day. The leaves are dried up and shriveled when they
fall - I don't think there is a problem with pests. Is this normal? Is it
just the time of year? Or am I giving it too much water/misting? How much
water should I give it every second day and how much misting. Should I
fertilize the plant...if so, with what? I truly love this fig, and I want
to keep it healthy for a long time. I can't tell if new leaves are growing
in replacement of the dropping ones...the plant looks as beautiful to me as
the day I brought it home, but I just wanted some other opinions.
Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? I am a complete neophyte when
it comes to gardening or caring for plants, so any and all information would
certainly be appreciated.
Thanks so much,
I don't think there is a normal for those plants, they seem to have
very individual traits. some I had I could do anything to them, they
thrived. Others, turning them 90 degrees brought on a total leaf
don't let the soil get too wet, barely moist is fine until the plant
starts growing. I wouldn't fertilize it, the plant can't use any
fertilizer until it enters a growth phase. then fertilize lightly,
half strength or so until you get full growth.
I never misted mine, it would have done better if I had, but I didn't
As long as you don't rot out the roots with too much water the plant
should be fine, it's a characteristic of these.
First off you shouldn't have repotted it. Secondly, these like their
soil to dry out between waterings. DON'T water every 2 days, let the
soil dry out THEN give it a GOOD watering. Climate changes effect these,
even a SLIGHT light change or temperature change freaks them out and
causes them to drop leaves. Put it somewhere and LEAVE IT THERE. Look
for tiny new leaves to be forming shortly.
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