Hi everyone: I have an enormous potted ficus in my living room. It's 11 inches in circumference and is about 10 feet tall. We've transplanted it many times over its 20 year lifespan, but now it's too big to transplant. It takes up the whole pot, so watering is now a problem, since there's no space for the water to go, it just runs off, or out the bottom.
I'm going to have to hire someone to transplant it into a larger pot, but would like to consider other options. My husband wants to throw it away and get a smaller one, but I'm opposed to that. Can we root-prune it this summer, and put it back in that large pot?
Do these trees have a finite lifespan? The tree is healthy, but is dropping leaves b/c of watering problems.
Any advice would be appreciated.