Plant diseases

Ficus benjamin sheds leaves

Ficus benjamin

Ficus benjamin is a species that belongs to the Moraceae family, the plant is commonly grown indoors, thanks to the particular characteristic of the leaves that make it very decorative and ornamental. The plant has a bark with a gray color and with a slightly arched shape. The branches are thin with elliptical leaves. Ficus benjamin is also able to produce aerial roots and reach considerable heights in nature, not in the case of domestic cultivation. The plant could produce globe-shaped fruit. The ideal climate for growing the plant should be humid and with a very bright location, but away from direct sunlight. Watering should be frequent and more abundant during the summer.

Ficus benjamin sheds its leaves


In case the Ficus benjamin loses its leaves you should, before intervening, understand what the causes could be, since there could be many. Ficus benjamin particularly suffers in environments with high temperatures and a low percentage of humidity. So in case of excessive fall of the leaves, first of all, the plant should be removed from any type of heat source, such as radiators, fireplaces or stoves. In the summer it would be advisable to provide abundant watering by placing the plant outside in a semi-shaded position. In winter, however, the temperature should never drop below 10 degrees to prevent the plant from suffering too much, also reducing watering.

Causes of leaf loss in Ficus benjamin


The environments where the Ficus Benjamin is placed should be bright, but not with direct sunlight. The plant could be attacked by the flaky cochineal, a parasite that would make it sticky, creating a fertile ground for fumaggini. The parasite would be visible thanks to the white flakes that could be observed on the trunk and leaves. A draft of cold air could cause the leaves to fall, this is because the plant is particularly sensitive to cold and even a short, but intense, cold draft could cause damage. Sometimes it is enough to leave the plant between 2 doors or 2 windows open in the winter period. All those environments in which there is a constant exchange of air, especially in the winter months, should also be avoided.

Ficus benjamin sheds leaves: Leaf drop in Ficus benjamin


Other causes of Ficus benjamin leaf loss could be excessive watering or water shortage. In both cases the consequence would be the same, but with an aggravating circumstance in case of lack of water. In fact, if the waterings were too excessive, it would be sufficient to suspend them and place the plant in a ventilated area. In case of lack of water, late watering may not be enough to save the plant. Spider mite could be a cause of Ficus benjamin leaf loss. To observe its presence, you could check if there were brown spots and small cobwebs, especially on the underside of the leaves. The leaves after the attack would turn yellow and curl up before falling.

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