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Old 24.01.2012, 23:16
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Need help identifying this plant

I was given a large plant/tree thing a few months ago.

It was fun putting it on an office chair and pushing it through Basel to get it back to my apartment. It survived being squashed in a small lift. I put it on my balcony and all seemed well.

A couple of weeks ago when it got very cold I noticed that some leaves dried up and fell off, so I brought it inside where it appears to have stabilised.

What is it?

How should I look after it?

If I had left it outside and all/most of the leaves died, would that be a bad thing (i.e. is it a deciduous plant)?
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LOL I got you curious eh?
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Old 24.01.2012, 23:24
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Re: Need help identifying this plant

You did. And now I want to know!
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Old 24.01.2012, 23:24
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Re: Need help identifying this plant

It's a type of ficus. It looks like it got fried up and frozen, shame on you!

Hahah. They are the most durable plants, immune to neglect and lack of green thumbs, really. Warm climate plants.

Do not leave it outside next time, to start with. Water it as you see fit, in a warm place it needs to be watered a few times a week, in colder apartment once a week.

Cut the dried up branches, I would generally just give the crown a good trim. Watch out for sticky white sap coming out of branches as you cut. It will come back to life. If you want to make it nicer, buy another ficus, there are many ficus sizes, smaller leaves, large ones, I have three sizes of leaves trees in one large plant pot, so when something goes wrong, it does not look so bad

I love ficuses. They are grateful plants, meaning, a tiny bit of TLC, and they are good to go.
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Old 24.01.2012, 23:58
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Re: Need help identifying this plant

Thanks for the tips!
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Re: Need help identifying this plant

Look after it and this is what your apartment could look like next summer.
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Re: Need help identifying this plant

Ficus Benjamina and yeah just like Music Chick said, cut all the dried stems off and water it once or twice a week. Bit of fertiliser wouldn't go astray either....
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Re: Need help identifying this plant

Yeah agree with what the others have said. They notoriously shed leaves too but not all at once so you'll be constantly picking up a plîle of leaves from around it. As long as it doesn't get completely bald it'll be fine.
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Old 25.01.2012, 10:23
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Re: Need help identifying this plant

Cool - thanks everyone! Amazing the random knowledge contained within this forum. All this help just from a photo of some leaves.
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It's a type of ficus. It looks like it got fried up and frozen, shame on you!

Hahah. They are the most durable plants, immune to neglect and lack of green thumbs, really. Warm climate plants.

Do not leave it outside next time, to start with. Water it as you see fit, in a warm place it needs to be watered a few times a week, in colder apartment once a week.

Cut the dried up branches, I would generally just give the crown a good trim. Watch out for sticky white sap coming out of branches as you cut. It will come back to life. If you want to make it nicer, buy another ficus, there are many ficus sizes, smaller leaves, large ones, I have three sizes of leaves trees in one large plant pot, so when something goes wrong, it does not look so bad

I love ficuses. They are grateful plants, meaning, a tiny bit of TLC, and they are good to go.
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Yeah agree with what the others have said. They notoriously shed leaves too but not all at once so you'll be constantly picking up a plîle of leaves from around it. As long as it doesn't get completely bald it'll be fine.
This was basically my experience with Ficus trees as well, which is why I've now vowed only to ever own a plastic version. The fact that it dropped leaves constantly drove me crazy, and was no doubt not helped by my brown thumbs.
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Old 25.01.2012, 10:43
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Cool - thanks everyone! Amazing the random knowledge contained within this forum. All this help just from a photo of some leaves.
Random? It comes pre-load. There must be something wrong with you. :P

Don't move it around. They don't like change.
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Re: Need help identifying this plant

Also remember that just because a plant is indoors, that it doesn't react to the seasons. For most plants the winter is a time of low activity, so even if they don't shed leaves, they are in a sort of slumber state. This is why you should also reduce watering and fertilizer levels in winter. The levels vary from plant to plant but as a rule of thumb water should be reduced by half and fertlizer should virtually stop completely in winter.

For winter-loving plants such as cactii and succulents the opposite is true of course as the winter is prime growth time and for many also the time they flower, so it is also the time you should be giving them most attention. They are virtually asleep the rest of the year though.
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