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Ficus feeding 2 years 1 month ago #25812

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Having revived my indoor ficus thanks to help from this forum I was now wondering about issues I appear to be having when feeding it. I use a liquid fertilizer bought from a bonsai specialist shop. However, when I feed it it drops most of the leaves but puts on a growth spurt resulting in a nice new set of leaves. Is this normal for ficus or am I shocking the plant in some way perhaps by making the fertilizer too strong? I was feeding it once a week but have backed off to keep the current set of leaves. It doesn't drop many leaves if I simply water it. I use the same fertilizer on my outdoor crab apple without losing any leaves.

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Ficus feeding 2 years 1 month ago #25813

Try not to pour fertilizer on the leaves, just on substrate and see how it goes.
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Ficus feeding 2 years 1 month ago #25814

My ficus is very temperamental to wind and sudden temperature change. I only feed it diluted miracle grow, once a month. It's not a bonsai and I'm not training it to be a Bonsai, but maybe this helps you with changing up your feeding schedule or it helps with your situation.
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Ficus feeding 2 years 1 month ago #25839

My ficus gets full strength, and sits outside all summer long. No problems whatsoever. Maybe you are not watering it enough. Ficus is sensitive to watershortage.
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Ficus feeding 2 years 1 month ago #25908

Thanks for all the help here. It seems like although I've managed to keep the plant alive I've still not managed to get on top of the watering. A supplementary on this is that I live in the south of England and the ficus is indoors. Should I continue to feed the plant once a week during the winter months or longer intervals or not at all?
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Ficus feeding 2 years 1 month ago #25930

you have been having great summer weather. Why did you not take it outside? Inside growth is slow.
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