Why ficus sheds leaves: causes and how to protect the plant from death
Ficus is one of the most popular houseplants that does not require any special care. However, housewives still make mistakes that lead to leaf shedding and yellowing.
OBOZ.UA has found tips to help avoid this. You need to carefully inspect the flowerpot in the store, because the period of adaptation of the plant to new conditions depends on its condition, it can be from 2 weeks to 4 months.
In winter, ficus needs a comfortable place to develop. Do not place the plant near a hot radiator, as dry air will harm the leaves. In summer, avoid direct sunlight, as this contributes to the drying out of the soil.
The most favorable temperature for ficus is 16-18 degrees Celsius. Strong drafts and sudden changes in weather conditions can significantly harm the growth and development of the plant, which will lead to leaf loss. When you ventilate the room, move the flowerpot to a safe place, especially after watering, because the soil is moist and the roots will begin to rot quickly.
During the cold season, the plant should receive enough sunlight every day. 8-10 hours will be enough, but you need to use special lamps to create the right conditions for ficus growth.
Deficiency and excess of nutrients lead to leaf fall. Use fertilizers for ornamental foliage plants. If you want to repot the flowerpot, buy a balanced palm and ficus substrate.
It is important to control watering to avoid waterlogging or vice versa. If the leaves begin to turn yellow, fall off, or change color to gray, this is a sign of excessive water. In this case, you should stop watering for a while.
Insufficient moisture leads to the fact that even green leaves begin to fall off. Most often this happens in the cold season.
Diseases and pests
Inspect the ficus regularly to detect the presence of diseases and pests in time. Do preventive treatments with special solutions.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA published an instruction that will help you grow hydrangeas in a house or apartment.