Ficus Trees
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Lighting for ficus trees

Zone Bangalore, India | girisho added on August 16, 2017 | Answered

Hi, I live in India and light is not an issue here although the year. But unfortunately I have a balcony that rarely gets any direct sunlight due to the direction it was in and the other blocks of the apartment that block the light. I am able to successfully grow a Jade plant, two rubber figs (Ficus Elastica), Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus Lyrata) and Aloe Vera. They are all growing well, even Aloe Vera now has three pups. I tried to grow Weeping fig, Ficus Panda and few other ficus verities multiple times but all shed leaves and died within a month. I am wondering if the low light is killing these plants but unsure how Aloe Vera is thriving in this light. How do I determine if this is only due to light and nothing else?

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    Downtoearthdigs
    Certified GKH Gardening Expert
    Answered on August 17, 2017

    You could try using a grow light to aid in growing plants.
    Make sure you are using a good quality potting soil and that the containers are well draining.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/what-are-grow-lights.htm

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ficus/weeping-fig-trees-outside.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ficus/ficus-tree-care.htm

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