View Full Version : Any Green Thumbs Out There?

12-07-2008, 04:04 PM
A coworker gave me a beautiful Ficus Tree as a housewarming gift. Currently, it is residing in our bedroom, but it doesn't seem healthy. It's been steadily loosing leaves since it came home...but that's it. It's not dry, not droopy...the leaves just keep falling off by the dozens....and it's starting to look pretty bare. I water it once a week thoroughly, it has adequate sun I believe, I'm just not sure what else I should do. :(

I'm typically not great w/ plants, but I'd like to try as I love the warmth they bring to the house....

Any suggestions?

12-07-2008, 04:17 PM
Michaels does lovely looking fake ones ;)

sorry i'm not very helpful but that happens to all my plants lol

12-07-2008, 04:19 PM
*giggle* I actually have a LOVELY artificial one in my dining area....and I'm ashamed to say I love it more and more everyday!!

12-07-2008, 04:36 PM
i brought 3 back with me:yes: himself was not happy:rolleyes008:

12-07-2008, 04:50 PM
Yes, Jon's mother turns her nose up at my artificial ficus as well...she says real women don't need "fake plants"....I'll show her "real women"...grrr....

12-07-2008, 05:13 PM
Don't over-water it!! Stick your fingers in the soil, if it's still damp about an inch below, don't water it, if its dry, then water it.

They need humidity too, put it in a big saucer with pebbles in so excess water will run off and create humidity, and it needs to be in a place that doesn't get direct sunlight all day, but does in morning and afternoon

I sound clever... google is your best friend LOL

12-07-2008, 05:21 PM
You do sound clever indeed! We just added curtains to the bedroom, so maybe it was getting a bit too much sunlight...as the room is VERY sunny....so I'll see how that goes...I don't *THINK* I'm overwatering, but I'll check that as well.

Thanks for the advice!

12-07-2008, 05:34 PM
Ficus trees are so very delicate...don't keep it near a heating/air conditioning vent.
DON"T move it around or bump it. It will go into shock.

12-07-2008, 05:38 PM
Um. Oops. That may very well be what's wrong with it then Bev :(

I've moved it about 52 times since I recv'd it....I'm pretty sure it's been in every room in my house...twice....while I was sorting out where to put it.

Is there anything I can do? Will it come back?

12-07-2008, 07:05 PM
Michaels does lovely looking fake ones ;)

sorry i'm not very helpful but that happens to all my plants lol

:lol: I totally agree with this! I cannot keep plants/flowers alive at all. I'm good with humans and animals though :p015:

12-07-2008, 07:25 PM
I'm quite happy to say that plants that a couple of dear friends (and you know who you are) sent me when my Dad passed away 2 years ago, are still going strong. I took them to work and put them in this huge planter we have along one wall. They've actually grown and spread out nicely. I can't keep a plant alive here at home. The cats like them too much!

13-07-2008, 04:31 PM
Anne, I don't know what to tell you....my ficus died because the kids I daycared for were constantly bumping into it. Just baby it and see if it will come back...crossing my fingers for you and your poor tree!

13-07-2008, 08:39 PM
Houseplants just wilt and wither when they see me coming! :eek:

I used to be pretty good with them in California, but in Arizona they either get too much light or not enough, or it's too warm or too cold for them!

I'm another fan of artificial plants.

Not sure about the "real women, real plants" comment. Methinks the person who uttered those words has more time on her hands than most of us! :lol:

13-07-2008, 08:42 PM
Houseplants just wilt and wither when they see me coming!

Yep, that's about right for me too. I finally figured out that they probably preferred a quick death to me killing them slowly :rolleyes008: