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Subject: Ficus Tree
From: Amanda
Zone: 5b
Date: 09-May-06 06:03 AM EST

I have a Ficus Tree that I would like to put outside for the summer. I put one outside last summer but I can't remember when it is safe to do so. If anyone could help it would be great.

Thanks


Subject: RE: Ficus Tree
From: dm
Zone: 3
Date: 10-May-06 02:31 PM EST

Tropicals should be hardened off like annuals. If it's not too large, you could put the plant out now, during the day, and bring it in at night. Don't put it in sun, to start, and leave it out for longer periods each day. They can stay outside once the night time lows are well above freezing.

I found the following info on the New Mexico State University website: "A ficus tree can probably withstand 32 degrees or lower for a very short period. However, for night-long periods of time, it is best to keep it above 50 degrees F. An hour or more at freezing temperatures can kill the ficus. Extended periods of time (hours) below 40 degrees and perhaps slightly higher temperatures can result in "chilling injury" (damage to the plant at temperatures above freezing). This is because the ficus is a tropical tree and cannot adapt to low temperatures." Hope this helps.


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