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Bare & Brittle branches on a ficus tree

Zone Mineral, VA | jpbeaver added on June 18, 2014 | Answered

When I inherited this ficus, in the back the leaves are gone and the branches are bare & brittle. Can I cut it back or what do you suggest?

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theficuswrangler
Answered on June 19, 2014

Brittle branches mean that they are dead. My guess would be that the plant was against a wall, and the branches in back died. Yes, you'll want to cut the dead wood off. Cut slowly until you find live tissue - it will be green. Then place it so the back is facing a window, and give it the best care you can so that it can regrow leaves. This article will give you information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ficus/ficus-tree-care.htm

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