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My ficus benjamina is dying !!

My ficus benjamina is dying !!

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Question: My ficus benjamina is dying !!

Good evening.
I have had a ficus benjamina for about ten years, two meters tall, and as always in October I brought it home after the summer had made it lush. Since then, unlike in previous years, it has begun to lose leaves, dry up half and fall, or fall green. I thought it was cochineal, I sprayed it for two weeks but no improvement was noticed. The shoots are born but they dry up almost immediately, and the "dry" branches increase. Now there are few green ones: what to do?
Thanks in advance, Jo

Answer: My ficus benjamina is dying !!

Dear Jo,
ficus benjamin often lose much of the foliage, most often as a response to environmental changes, but the large loss and subsequent drying of some branches is quite worrying. If it is true that the foliage could fall due to the modification of the climate, due to the passage from the outdoor climate (well ventilated, humid and fresh air, good air exchange, precipitation reaching the canopy, good environmental humidity), simple vaporisations periodic crowns should be sufficient to make your ficus feel at home, and therefore to stop leaf loss.
In fact, however, the reasons for the loss of the foliage could also be others, especially if this loss is massive.
When a houseplant is moved to the garden, it may happen that the pot becomes a welcome home for a series of insects, whose larvae quietly winter in your pot, even when it is brought indoors; the most common are the oziorrinco and the beetles: they are beetles, which produce small white larvae, the first, decidedly larger than the latter; these larvae feed on the roots contained in the soil, with consequent deterioration of the plant, which is devoid of much of the root system. Moreover, in the spring these larvae are transformed into insects, in the case of the oziorrinco they are beetles that feed on the foliage, therefore it is not nice to find them in the pot of our plant.
To prevent these larvae from growing undisturbed until spring, the soil is usually watered with a systemic insecticide, or special insecticides are inserted into the pot in the form of large tablets, which dissolve with each watering.
Another reason why a plant left outdoors loses the foliage returned home is due to the predilection shown by cats towards soft and fresh soil: it often happens, even on the terrace, that the house cat (or neighbors) use our pots as litter; if it is true that animal excrements fermented and left in the air for a long time, can be a good fertilizer (as is the case with manure), it is also true that fresh excrements contain excessive amounts of substances that ruin the roots of plants, usually uses to say that they "burn them".
If this is your case it is perhaps time to repot your ficus, changing most of the soil in the pot.
Other reasons why a ficus loses the leaf can then be the "usual", that is, proximity to a door or a window from which very cold air often enters; proximity to a heat source, such as a fireplace or a radiator; excessively dry air; excess watering, which keeps the soil moist for a long time.


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