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ficuus benjamina ok to repot?

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Carol 10-Oct-02 12:42 PM EST 5a   
Will Creed, Horticulturist10-Oct-02 05:37 PM EST   
26-Jun-07 03:16 PM EST   

Subject: ficus benjamina ok to repot?
From: Carol
Zone: 5a
Date: 10-Oct-02 12:42 PM EST

I have a ficus benjamina, it has been outdoors for the summer and I have just brought it in again for the winter. I am thinking about changing the pot as I think it is getting too big for the current one. Is there a best time to repot?

Subject: RE: ficus benjamina ok to repot?
From: Will Creed, Horticulturist
Date: 10-Oct-02 05:37 PM EST

Now is not a good time to repot your Ficus benjamina. It will undergo stress from the move from the more favorable outdoor environment to the less favorable indoor environment. Repotting it now will simply add to the stress and the leaf drop.

In adddition, as the tree adapts to the lower light by shedding leaves, it will also reduce its root system and its need for water. Thus, there is no reason to move it into a larger pot at this time.

If your Ficus is very potbound next spring when you are ready to move it outside, that might be a good time to move it into a larger pot.

Now is a good time to prune your Ficus back by about one-third. This will help ease the transition to the reduced light indoors. It will also make it look like the pot is not too small.

Please let me know if this is unclear or if you have any additional questions. Will Creed, Horticulturist Horticultural Help, NYC Email: P.S. You may be interested in my website at and my Indoor Plant Bulletins that I publish monthly. The Bulletins contain lots of helpful facts and unusual tips for keeping house and office plants alive and well.

Subject: ficus tips for repotting?
From: (
Date: 26-Jun-07 03:16 PM EST

I want to repot my ficus, it is very pot bound. I am asking if I should use a particular type of soil or potting technique. I repotted one two years ago and after one month it died. I am not sure what I did wrong. I would sincerely appreciate any help.

Sincerely Anthony

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