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christine 007christine 007 Posts: 257
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 Yaay its working now, ive no idea what this plant is, but i love it, i have noticed its quite baldy down the bottom, i have took a layer of compost of and added new compost, these little twigs that have nothing on them, do i cut them off?

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,863

    Ficus Benjamina.

    Mine is almost 25 years old. Yes, cut off the twiggy bits with no leaves unless you can see tiny buds of new foliage

     

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,863

    scratch the bark with your fingernail, if it's green underneath leave it: if brown cut it off.

    Devon.
  • christine 007christine 007 Posts: 257

    OK thank you, will do. Where does the plant come from? Sure ive seen it in Spain?

  • christine 007christine 007 Posts: 257

    Ive just googled it, 98ft in natural surroundings lol wow.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,863

    The biggest one I've seen is in the Botanical Garden in Kandy in Sri Lanka

    Devon.
  • christine 007christine 007 Posts: 257

    Wow some size eh? lol

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,010

    I have the variegated form in my living room.  It's 40 years old and 2 metres high.  

    It likes a light place but not full sun.  I give it liquid feeds from spring through summer then just water from mid autumn and through winter.  I trim all the little bare brown sticky stems to keep it neat.   Every now and again I take it upstairs and stand it in the shower to freshen up the foliage and when we go on hols I gather all our houseplants in the shower and bath and give them a good rinsing down and soak the compost in the pots thoroughly then leave them all gathered together making a micro climate and come home to very healthy, happy plants.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • christine 007christine 007 Posts: 257

    I could never lift my plant upstairs too heavy.imageimageimage

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,010

    Try it when the compost is dry as that's lighter or just take it outside for an occasional rain shower but don't leave it out in the sun.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • christine 007christine 007 Posts: 257

    Good idea its right next to my front door, i could just slip it outside for a shower eh? imageimage thanks never thought of that lol xx

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