Fica Tree

Old 06-18-04, 03:04 PM
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Fica Tree

My Fica Tree is dying. It is place where is gets only 4 hours direct sunlight (inside my house), I water it once a week, I fertilize it once a month. It does have small round, little things on the bark that I don't know what they are.

Can this tree be saved? I have had the Fice tree for 3 years and it holds a sentilment value to me.

Desperate in Massachusetts.
Old 06-18-04, 03:44 PM
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There are some pests associated with Ficus B.

Pests and diseases: Brickell and Zuk (1997) report that many F. benjamina that are grown indoors have been lost due to Phomopsis dieback. Other pests and diseases of Ficus species include: mealybugs, scale insects, spider mites, root knot nematodes, and thrips occur under most environmental conditions, fungal and bacterial leaf spots, crown gall, twig dieback, and Southern blight (Brickell and Zuk 1997). Cuban laurel thrips, which commonly affect Ficus microcarpa in Hawai'i and elsewhere, have been documented from F. benjamina trees in Florida (Wolfenbarger 1946).

Preferred conditions:

Temperature: Keep at a minimum of 55 degrees in winter.
Light: Ficus benjamina trees like bright, indirect light.
Water: Water with care. Allow the compost to dry out slightly between waterings.
Humidity: Mist leaves on a regular basis. Do not apply leaf shine.

Preferences seem to focus around feeding quarterly with a product, such as: Osmocote slow release fertilizer. Ficus is a creature of habit. Moving it and otherwise changing its environment causes the tree to try to adapt more than relishing the new setting. The leaves may benefit from periodic washing with a mild soap and water solution to keep leaf pests off, especially spider mites.

Four hours of light is a little on the brief side, unless it is also receiving indirect light.

Hope this helps.

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