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Medium_46473b5e-e4ca-4ac3-9d0e-407809240645 I have a Bonsai Ficus tree, it’s not growing that well and another plant started growing with it.

I got this beautiful Ficus bonsai tree as a gift 3 months ago (just a beginner!), there was a bountiful amount of leaves and were richly green. I was informed to only water it once a week and not to overwater. I also kept the plant in a room without direct sunlight, the leaves started yellowing and falling a lot in a very short period. So I moved it in front of a window and started to water it more often and thankfully it stopped the rapid abnormal falling of leaves. However the leaves are not growing back out.

Just two weeks ago another plant started to grow next to the bonsai (2nd photo) I’m not sure what exactly it is but it does not have the same leaves as the bonsai.

Submitted: 10:11PM, 19 Jan 2018
Answer: Hi Dina,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

The plant that has made a surprise appearance in the pot is a weed. It may have been in there for a while and suddenly got enough sunlight when the plant was moved to start growing. Carefully pull this out of the pot and dispose of it.

As for the tree it may have received just a bit too much water. The areas that have had the leaves drop off may not produce new ones and can be lightly trimmed. This will promote some further lateral shoots and more growth below. Give the tree a regular light feed with Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate. It’s a organically certified fertiliser, which contains seaweed, blood&bone and fish meal to help developing new roots and restoring healthy growth and only water to keep the soil lightly moist.

Kind regards,

Yates Horticulturalist

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Answered: 03:03PM, 20 Jan 2018


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