Question: benjiamin leaf loss
I have had a benjiamin for two years, it loses leaves in short it is emptied. I flared it, it is positioned in front of a window that gives it light but that does not beat the sun. What can I do there is a fertilizer that helps it to thicken a little ..... I admit sometimes I was wrong with the water dosage but now I think I understand.
thank you very much
Answer: benjiamin leaf loss
Ficus benjamin are among the most cultivated plants in the apartment, even if in nature they are real majestic trees; often these plants lose their foliage, and the reasons are various:
- errors in watering: ficus like regular watering, but it is good to let the soil dry perfectly between two waterings; if in doubt it is better to water it once less than once too many.
- blows of air: the sudden change in temperature often causes the loss of a large part of the foliage; let's avoid exposing our plant to cold air currents.
- dry climate: the heating system and the air conditioner dry out the air in the house very much; the ficus loves a fairly humid climate, therefore it is good to raise the ambient humidity by vaporizing the foliage, or leaving the plant in a pot cover, with a few centimeters of expanded clay on the bottom, always wet.
- fertilizations: especially in spring the ficus produce a thick mass of new leaves and branches; the consumption of mineral salts is high, therefore either they are repotted at least every 2 years, using a good rich soil, or they are fertilized regularly, from March to September, every 2 weeks, using a good fertilizer for green plants.
- brightness: in nature, ficus grow in open areas, where they receive excellent brightness; plants grown in dark places tend to wither over time, or to lose foliage in the lower part of the stem.
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