Ficus Not Growing

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Welcome to this article that will be talking about why your ficus tree might not be growing anymore. This is a rather common issue really since especially for new gardeners, getting the best environment for it might be difficult.

The ficus tree doesn’t really have a very specific climate it needs to grow and flourish in. But there are some basic things we need to make sure we have covered so we aren’t risking having any diminishing growth on the tree. These basic steps include watering the tree and also finding a sunny spot for the tree too.

Follow along in the article below here and we will continue to learn about the ficus tree. It’s a very rewarding tree to have to grow at home in the garden. A great option if you want a beautiful and decorative tree in your garden at home.

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If you read the first segment here, we mentioned that in order to get the tree to grow properly there are some basic things we need to get right. These include watering the soil and also ensuring the tree has access to sunlight too.

As for making sure the soil is right, we need to both look and feel the soil. We have found throughout the years of growing a ficus tree that it really likes it when the soil is kept damp to slightly dry.

To make sure you get the soil as it should be then we recommend watering in small amounts at a time. That will help us stay away from overwatering the roots which otherwise would cause them to start rotting. 

A pro tip would be to use some fertilizer for the soil. That will help boost the nutritional value of the soil. If the tree isn’t having any noticeable growth then adding fertilizer to the soil might be the solution.

We said that the tree also needs sunlight and plenty of it too. We recommend finding an area where the tree can get about 8 – 10 hours of sunlight outside each day. That will make sure the leaves are able to perform photosynthesis. That is a vital process where the sunlight is transformed into energy instead. 

If you are looking into trimming your ficus tree then you should check out this article here, How To Trim A Large Outdoor Ficus Tree.

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How Do You Help A Struggling Ficus

The best start to helping a struggling ficus tree is to try and identify what the issue might be. Since the ficus tree doesn’t have a lot of requirements for the type of soil it needs to be growing in then it really narrows it down.

Either the soil isn’t right. Try to keep the soil slightly damp and also add some fertilizer to it so the health and growth of the ficus tree can be improved. But also ensuring that the tree has enough sunlight. We recommend reserving an area in your garden that gets at least 8 – 10 hours of sunlight each day.

If you are seeing your ficus tree starting to have folded leaves then we recommend reading this article right here, Ficus Leaves Folded In Half.

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How Do I Encourage My Ficus To Grow

The best way to make sure your ficus tree can really grow is to look at the soil. As we have mentioned plenty of times already, the soil should be slightly damp. But making sure there is nutrition in there is really what makes the difference.

If you can’t get your hands on some manure then using fertilizer from any gardening store will do a good job too. Sometimes the roots might not have an easy time getting the necessary nutrition so we need to help them a little bit.

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Ficus Leaves Folded In Half

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Welcome to this article that will be talking about why you might be seeing your ficus tree leaves starting to fold in half. This issue is pretty common during the summer actually, because access to water for the tree will be more scarce.

The roots of the tree are what is draining the water and then pass that onto the rest of the tree so it can continue to grow. But when there is a lot of water present, then the tree will begin to get stressed, causing the leaves to start folding in half.

Below in this article, we will be talking about ficus trees and some of the things you should know about growing and cultivating this wonderful tree. It’s actually a great option if you are a beginner since the tree is pretty straightforward to take care of.

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As we mentioned at the beginning of this article already, the ficus tree will start having the leaves fold when it’s getting stressed. There are many things that can cause it to get stressed, but in this specific case, it’s about the watering of the tree.

There is an imbalance causing the roots to not always be able to supply the rest of the tree. This makes it very difficult for it to both grow but also be able to maintain the size it currently has.

You might wonder then what the ideal water content should be for the soil. We have found during the years of growing the ficus tree that the ideal soil should be slightly damp

This makes it very important to water just enough until we reach this point. If we go too far then you will instead see the leaves start falling off as the roots are being overwatered

Watering the tree will be especially important during the summer as the temperatures are much higher and the humidity can go up and down quite a bit too. These shifts are also something that will add stress to the ficus tree. Using some fertilizer might be a good idea since it will boost the nutrition in the soil. When there might be a lack of water, the tree should be strong enough to withstand longer periods of it.

If your ficus tree is growing as you want it to then you should definitely check out this article here, Ficus Not Growing.

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Why Are My Ficus Tree Leaves Curling

Like we already said in the segment above here, the ficus tree will begin to have a change in the leaves when it’s starting to get stressed. The reasons for the tree starting to get stressed can be quite a few.

But the most common one for this specific problem is the tree getting an imbalance of watering. This is something very important to keep track of during the summer. The higher temperatures make it more difficult for water to stay in the soil. Eventually, the roots might start drying out so we need to supply water ourselves instead then.

If your ficus tree is not growing very well then you should probably check out this article right here, Ficus Elastica Not Growing.

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How Do I Know If My Ficus Is Dying

A very good tell that the ficus tree is starting to die is that the leaves are changing to black instead. That often happens when the roots have been severely overwatered and it’s been going on for a while.

When there’s too much water in the soil oxygen can travel through properly and reach the roots. This eventually starts drowning them and that will show up above the soil as the leaves turn black instead.

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Ficus Elastica Not Growing

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Welcome to this article that will be talking about why a ficus elastica tree might not be growing in your garden. Ensuring that the plant has the best possible place to grow is really the key to a happy ficus tree.

The soil needs to be taken care of properly but like all plants out there, the ficus tree also needs great access to sunlight to be able to continue to grow and flourish. Thankfully, maintaining these things is relatively easy if you have some experience beforehand with gardening.

Below we will dive even deeper into the world of gardening and especially about growing ficus trees. It’s one of the best trees to have at home if you are a beginner. It grows pretty slowly and doesn’t require that much maintenance.

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Ficus Elastica Not Growing

We mentioned in the beginning already why the ficus elastica might not be growing. It’s often caused by there being an imbalance in the soil and the amount of sunlight it’s getting.

The ideal condition for the soil to be in for the tree to grow the best is slightly damp. This will leave room for enough oxygen to travel through the soil and feed the roots. It will also act as a pillow or support when the temperatures might be higher and the soil dries out more quickly.

Using some fertilizers will also help boost the nutritional value of the soil. If there isn’t any nutrition for the ficus tree to take up then it will simply stop growing and the prospect of a healthy tree will be lost.

So we recommend using some manure if you have access to it and feeding the soil where the trees are growing. But if you can’t get that, then using some fertilizers from a gardening store will also be a great option.

The amount of sunlight the tree is getting is also very important. We recommend trying to get the tree at least 8 – 10 hours if you keep it indoors, outdoors it will need 6 – 8 hours or so. That will help the plant be able to perform photosynthesis which is very important for it to generate energy.

If the ficus tree has leaves folding in half then you should be reading this article here, Ficus Leaves Folded In Half.

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How Do You Encourage The Growth Of Ficus Elastica

Encouraging the growth of a ficus tree is best done with a few techniques. You can start by moving the tree to a slightly sunnier area if you are keeping the tree in a large pot. If not you should use some fertilizer for the soil.

We recommend using manure, but otherwise, any fertilizer from a gardening store will do. Making sure the soil is also slightly damp will help a lot too, it will really help support the roots.

Lastly, we recommend trimming the branches a little bit at the end of the season. That will encourage bushier growth for the tree. It makes it both look nicer but also produces more figs eventually.

If you are seeing aerial roots on your ficus tree then we highly recommend you read this article here, Ficus Aerial Roots.

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How Long Does Ficus Elastica Take To Grow

Ficus elastica will not grow that quickly compared to other fruit trees out there. Expect it to grow quickly in the beginning, at about 1 foot per year or so. So trimming and pruning early on might be a good idea to ensure you have a beautiful tree in the future.

Use some fertilizers every now and again too to help maintain this growth so it’s not slowing down and instead it will be kept balanced.

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Ficus Aerial Roots

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Welcome to this article that will be talking about why you might be seeing aerial roots on your ficus tree. This can be a rather common issue during the summer when the temperatures are a lot higher and the sun is out more during the day.

The reason you are seeing aerial roots is that the plant is not getting enough water and nutrition. The sun will quickly dry out the soil during the summer so maintaining a damp soil all throughout will be the trick to a happy ficus tree.

Follow along below and we will continue to dive deeper and learn about the ins and outs of growing and cultivating a ficus tree. It’s a great option for beginners for its simplicity in growing it. The tree and even be kept indoors all throughout the year if you want to.

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If you read the first part of the article here, then we mentioned seeing aerial roots are often caused by the soil not being very rich in nutrition. To help combat this we should try and water the soil more and use fertilizers too.

You might wonder then what the ideal soil should be then. During the many years we have had a ficus tree at home we have discovered that the best ficus tree will be when the soil is damp.

That means there is definitely enough oxygen traveling through the soil to keep the roots happy. But if you are overwatering the soil instead, then the roots will start drowning and eventually rotting. That will instead show up as the leaves are turning black from decomposing.

If you are under-watering the soil then the roots will begin drying up and they will seek nutrition from elsewhere. One of those signs is that the roots are going upwards instead.

Using fertilizers is also a great option to help support the health of the tree. More nutrition means more opportunity to weather through when it might not have access to it. But try not to do it more than once every 1 or 2 months or so. That will help keep it balanced and you won’t risk overfertilizing the tree also, which could kill it actually.

If your ficus elastica is not growing then you might want to read this article right here, Ficus Elastica Not Growing.

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Why Do Ficus Have Aerial Roots

As we mentioned previously, the aerial roots of the ficus tree will appear because the soil is not that rich in nutrition or water. That will begin to have a really bad effect on the plant if left unchecked.

The ficus tree needs damp soil to grow in so the roots can maintain a good source of nutrition and also not dry out when the temperature rises quickly and the sun is out more and harsher.

If you are growing a ficus bonsai tree at home then you should read this article here, Ficus Aerial Roots Bonsai.

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Ficus Audrey Aerial Roots

It doesn’t really matter which variety of ficus tree you are growing, the same reasons apply to why there are aerial roots. The soil really isn’t that rich in nutrients. So using some might be a great option.

But don’t use the fertilizer for more than about 1 or 2 months to keep the roots from being dependent on it. This could otherwise have a really bad effect on the health of the plant eventually.

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Ficus Aerial Roots Bonsai

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Welcome to this article that will be talking about why you might be seeing aerial roots on your ficus bonsai tree. This can be an issue that occurs when the soil in which it’s growing is not that rich in nutrition or water.

The roots will begin growing in an unordinary way which causes these aerial roots after a while. Thankfully there is a rather easy fix to this issue. The tree simply needs more water but also some fertilizers that will boost the nutritional content in the soil.

Follow along and we will discuss further caring for and growing a ficus tree. It’s a great option for those beginner gardeners looking to have a semi-small tree growing at home. It’s easy to care for, and any issues will show up pretty quickly.

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Ficus Aerial Roots Bonsai

Like we mentioned here already is that the ficus tree will have these aerial roots when the soil is not rich enough in nutrients and water. The roots will start getting stressed by this and causing them to grow in a weird way.

You might wonder then what the ideal condition of the soil is so you have a happily growing ficus tree. In terms of watering try not to water more than letting the soil be damp. That will help keep it in moderation and not run the risk of overwatering the roots.

If you are starting out with gardening then it might be a good idea to just water a small amount at a time to avoid adding too much. Small amounts every day seem to be the best. Instead of the water content being like a roller coaster then it will be more balanced.

We also mentioned that the soil is lacking nutrition. So in order for the plant to grow in proper way, we should add some fertilizers to the soil to help support the tree. This shouldn’t be done too often though because the tree will quickly start wilting. Try to do it only about every 1 or 2 months, to keep it more moderate.

If you would like to learn about aerial roots and ficus trees, then you should read this article here, Ficus Aerial Roots.

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How To Shape A Ficus Bonsai

Shaping a ficus tree is pretty easy. We try not to cut off more than about 1/4 of the planet at a time. This way the ficus tree will still have enough nutrition and structure left to continue growing and flourishing.

Since we are growing the ficus tree like a bonsai tree, we will pretty early on start trimming it and shaping it. We recommend using some metal string to shape the tree into what we want. It won’t harm the tree too much or cause infections.

Since the leaves will be pretty large too, we need to take that into account when shaping the tree. We like to have one main stem and then 2 or 3 branches going from that one. This will help keep a great look to the plant, but it also highlights the leaves in a better way.

If you are seeing yellow leaves on your ficus tree, then you should read this article here, Yellow Ficus Tree.

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Ficus Microcarpa Aerial Roots

Aerial roots are like we have discussed an issue that occurs when the plant is not having enough nutrients and water in the soil. This issue can be rather common among beginners as they are trying to learn the ins and outs of gardening.

Try to keep the soil slightly damp all the time but also don’t be afraid of using some fertilizers about every 1 or 2 months. This will create a good balance but also support the plant so it can continue to flourish and grow.

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Yellow Ficus Tree

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Welcome to this article that will be talking about why you might be seeing your ficus tree starting to turn yellow. This can be a pretty annoying thing happening during the summer season. As the temperature rises, the tree will be getting more and more sunlight exposure.

This increase will cause the plant to eventually get too much which causes the leaves to be sunburnt. Sunburnt leaves are often identified by turning yellow or even red sometimes. After a while, it will turn brown instead and fall off.

Follow along in the article here and we will continue talking about caring for and growing a ficus tree. This issue is pretty common but easy to fix if you are a beginner in the world of gardening. 

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As we mentioned at the beginning of the article here, the ficus tree will be affected by the increase in temperature and sunlight exposure during the summer. Like most plants or trees, the ficus tree will have a threshold where more sunlight will just cause damage.

You can grow the ficus tree both inside and outside. Indoors we recommend trying to get it about 8 – 10 hours each day. Outdoors, however, this amount goes down a little bit to about 6 – 8 hours instead.

As you can see it’s pretty easy for the tree to get too much outside. To help support the plant during this time we recommend you water the soil more. We recommend trying to keep the soil slightly damp all the time for the best prospects of a happy ficus tree.

If there is enough water in the soil, there will also be more water in circulation in the tree. This will make sure the tree has an easier time protecting itself from the harsh sunlight.

Since you are most likely growing the tree on freeland outside, it will be hard to move the plant at all. So unfortunately you will just have to accept that during the summer, the ficus tree will begin to have yellow leaves. Perhaps when it’s older the tree will have an easier time consuming the sunlight it’s getting and you might not see any more yellow leaves.

If you would like to learn about ficus trees and bonsai then you should check out this article here, Ficus Aerial Roots Bonsai.

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Does A Ficus Tree Need Direct Sunlight

A ficus tree will definitely grow the best if it’s getting direct sunlight. This will treat the tree the best as artificial light or indirect light will have a diminishing effect on the tree.

The ficus tree is used to grow in an environment where the temperature is higher and the sun is out more during the year than in colder climates. So trying to emulate this environment if you are living further north will be very important.

But for the longevity of your ficus tree, then you should find an area where the plant at least can get some partial shade during the day. This will help protect the plant from yellowing leaves.

If you would like to learn about trimming a ficus tree then you should read this article, How To Trim A Large Outdoors Ficus Tree.

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What Do Yellow Leaves On Ficus Tree Mean

If you are seeing yellowing leaves on your ficus tree, then that often means the plant is getting way too much sunlight. Eventually, these yellowing leaves will turn brown and fall off.

If the tree is having leaves falling off prematurely then it can’t get the necessary amount of energy from the process of photosynthesis.

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How To Trim A Large Outdoor Ficus Tree

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Welcome to this article that will be talking about how you can trim a ficus tree growing outdoors. This is one of the less popular trees to have at home, but definitely a great option for those who want a fulfilling garden.

The ficus tree will not be growing that quickly so trimming won’t be necessary more than once per year or so. The ficus tree will have pretty large leaves and the branches aren’t that large either and will be easy to start trimming.

Below we will go a little bit more in-depth into the process of trimming the ficus tree. As we said this is a great option for gardeners. It can be grown indoors even all year round and will produce some fruit.

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How To Trim A Large Outdoors Ficus Tree

So the ficus tree is not the fastest growing tree out there, so trimming won’t be required that much during the year or its lifetime really. We recommend trying to keep the trimming of the tree to the last part of the season.

The tree should have already been harvested from all the figs in order to not have any waste. Trimming a tree causes stress. So in order to have all the figs ripen properly we start trimming the tree afterward.

The tree will also shed all the leaves and get ready for the colder months, making trimming now the perfect time. Depending on the look you want on your ficus tree you can shape the tree quite a lot without worrying about killing the tree.

It’s a pretty hardy variety despite not being grown that much in colder and northern climates. But we still keep some guidelines around this, the tree shouldn’t be trimmed more than about 1 fourth of its total size.

Keeping it moderate like that will ensure you have a happy tree coming back the next year too. Try to make the branches have a more bushy appearance. That’s often done by cutting the branches where new offshoots are coming out. That way we get rid of one branch, and have two new ones coming out instead.

If your ficus tree is starting to turn yellow then you need to read this article here, Yellow Ficus Tree.

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What Do You Do With An Overgrown Ficus Tree

An overgrown ficus tree might not be the easiest to fix. Depending on how far the tree has grown will decide how hard we can trim it. We need to cut back the tree quite a lot in order to keep the growth in moderation and actually have a nice-looking tree too.

We recommend that you don’t cut off more than 1 fourth of the tree each year. But if it’s severely overgrown and doesn’t look that great, you can bump that up to about 1 third instead.

The time of the year that this should be done is at the end of the summer. At this point, all the figs should have ripened and been harvested. The tree will at this point start getting ready for the colder months coming.

If your ficus tree is not growing then you should probably start to read this article here, Ficus Not Growing.

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Can You Hard Prune A Ficus

You can definitely hard prune a ficus tree. The tree will be growing rather slowly and to keep it in moderation we should also prune the tree enough to keep a steady growth.

We recommend not pruning the tree more than 1 fourth each year. That way We can keep the growth in line with what it should be. If you are seeing a worse effect on the tree after pruning, then note you should do slightly less next time.

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