Re: Watering a Ficas

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Posted by Newt on August 26, 2003 at 22:12:42:

In Reply to: Watering a Ficas posted by Andy on August 26, 2003 at 12:29:12:

: I have just got a Ficas tree and do not know how to care for it. please help

Hi Andy,
Ficus like a bright spot, but don't need direct sun, though a couple of hours of direct sunlight would be helpful. Water when the top inch of the soil is dry (stick your finger in up to the first knuckle) and don't let the water sit in the saucer for more than an hour. Use enough water so it completely runs through. After a while you'll know how much water to use and how often to water. After a couple of months check the drainage hole to see if it's rootbound. You'll see the roots either coming out of the bottom or wrapping around the base. Transplant into a pot that is 2" larger. Just measure from the top rim to the base. Leave enough room at the top for watering - about 1 1/2". Oh, they often get a bit fussy and will drop their leaves if chilled by a draft or moved. They recover if their human doesn't panic. :) Take a look here.

http://www.ourgardengang.com/houseplants.htm
http://www.evergrowing.com/HousePlantTV/ficustree.htm

Newt

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