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Need help with ficus plant

Zone 11204 | Olenjka added on April 6, 2019 | Answered

I found a ficus plant in the basement. It lost most of its leaves which I assume is due to lack of light and water. I watered it and it's in a bright location now. It's growing new leaves at the top, but keeps dropping few ones at the bottom. I'm not familiar with this plant and I am not sure if I should cut up the top part and try to root it in the water. Is the bottom still salvageable?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on April 7, 2019

Yes, this will happen from a lack of light. They don't "winter" like other plants do.

What I would do from here is cut it down to about a foot tall. Then, take the tip of what you cut, and stick it in a pot. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, or completely dry. It will root itself very easily.

The bottom portion will also come back. Cutting back this far will force branching, which will make it bushier.

You will end up with two plants, and more if you aren't careful! This article will help you to care for the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rubber-tree/how-to-care-for-a-rubber-tree-plant.htm

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