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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 11:22 pm 
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Hi JT,
Ficus benjamina can be fussy sometimes. If it gets a draft it will shed it's leaves, if you move it it will shed it's leaves, if you repot it it will shed it's leaves, if you change the way you water it it will shed it's leaves. Guess you get the idea. I'm thinking that the initial shedding was because ti was rootbound and needed to be repotted. It may be shedding now because it was disturbed, but it should recover in another month or two.

Take a look to see if there are spider mites in the branches. Another possibility is that it was so rootbound from being in the same pot that the rootball can't take up enough water to support all the leaves. Was the rootball a tight mass of roots when you repotted it? I do find that mine sheds more in the fall, even if it hasn't been moved. Take a look here.

http://www.plant-care.com/plantcaretips/090399.asp


Hope that helps,
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Hi JT,
You're very welcome! There are several different varieties of Ficus, but the 'benjamina' is the one that sheds it's leaves all the time. It can grow as a multiple trunked tree and many folks braid the trunks together. I don't like that look, makes me feel like I'm choking! Here's another picture. Is this it? Look at the leaves too.


http://www.bonsai4me.com/Gallery/GalleryRandyCowie_files/Randy%20Ficus%20Benjamina.jpg

Thanks for the tip on the Bach Rescue Remedy. Maybe I should consider it for myself? Actually, I see a homeopathic and she is a great help with stress remedies. :)

Hope your ficus gets happier soon!
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I think it's wonderful that you are training to become a hoemopath. I have been seeing my homeopath for several years now. She has helped with sooooo many problems from a breast tumor to my hubby's prostrate problems to chronic fatique to vascular disease! I just adore her. She is also a nutritionist (where she started on her healing journey) and I've known her for 25 years. She's also treated my kids for allergies and digestive problems. I'm a firm believer! I did look at the Bach Flower Remedies book several years ago and I think I might still have it.

Going to my daughter tomorrow to doggie sit for a week. Not sure I'll be able to use their computer, so you may not hear from me for a week or so.

Stay well!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 5:39 pm 
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JT,
Don't water your ficus on a time schedule...just when the soil feels dry. Mine seems to love that treatment. :)


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