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Name my houseplant please!

PostPosted: 09 May 2010 13:34
by shellrobin
Can anyone name the houseplant that looks like it has privet leaves, :?

PostPosted: 09 May 2010 18:58
by gardening_guru

Ficus benjamina has leaves that look a bit like those of privet.

PostPosted: 10 May 2010 22:10
by shellrobin
Thanks for naming my plant, i need advice on how to look after it, my daughter bought it me 13 year ago, its half bare now...what am I doing wrong?

PostPosted: 16 May 2010 19:37
by gardening_guru

Please can you give me some more information to help me try and establish the problem.

Find out the room temperature, what is it, 55-60F is perfect, is there central heating and how much does the temperature fluctuate throughout the day?

Most importantly, how much light is the Ficus bejamina getting? It needs a bright room with plently of sunlight.

How often is the plant watered, it needs to dry out between waterings, overwatering could kill it in the winter and underwatering could have the same result in summer.

Which part of the plant is dropping leaves? It is natural for a Ficus bejamina to drop some of it's lower leaves as it ages.