Weak growth on ficus elastica

jrob808June 8, 2013

Last fall I asked for some advice on a ficus elastica that was suffering the effects of overwatering. After dropping at least 8% of its foliage, the plant is starting to recover and has grown lots of new leave/ They are comparably very small, however, and the 3 new stems it has sprouted are also very thin and weak. Any advice for achieving a more robust and sturdy plant?

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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Try pinching out the tips

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 8:49AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Some facts about Ficus E:

The more leaves you have on the plant, the smaller the o/a size of the leaves will be.

The brighter the light, the smaller the leaves.

The more root bound it is, the smaller the leaves and shorter the internodes, but tight roots cause shedding of interior foliage (inner leaves and leaves close to the trunk).

On a Ficus branch, each successive leaf (distal to the trunk or branch) will be larger than proximal leaves at maturity.


A short stick seems stronger than a long stick of the same diameter, so shortening the stems will reduce the amount of deflection & reduce their willowy tendency. When you shorten the stems, leave the thicker stems taller than the thinner ones, and cut them all at different heights.

The size of your leaves might have something to do with the fact that your root system is still getting reestablished after the work last fall ..... that is, if you repotted instead of potting up.


    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 4:12PM
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