THE AGRONOMIST ANSWERS ON HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR PLANTS
I CANNOT WATER MY FICUS ELASTICA
QUESTION FROM SABINA
I HAVE A PROBLEM OF THIS KIND: I HAVE A FICUS ELASTICA, SINCE I TAKEN IT HOME AFTER THE BEAUTIFUL SEASON, IT HAS BECOME LESS STRONG (IT'S ABOUT 1.70 MT HIGH), THE EARTH SEEMS NOT TO ACCEPT WATER, L 'I HAVE ALSO PUT IN THE BATHTUB TO WET THE GROUND WELL BUT THEN WHEN 10-15 DAYS PASS TO WATER AGAIN, THE WATER GOES DIRECTLY INTO THE BOTTOM, THE SPROUTS THAT FLOWER THEN, NOW THEY ARE STILL, THE YELLOW LEAVES AND THEY FALL ALONE, THE FERTILIZER I USE IS POKON GRANULAR ...
PLEASE WHAT CAN I DO? DO I HAVE TO CHANGE THE EARTH MAYBE?
IT IS INSIDE A VASE DIAM 35.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
you don't tell me when you last repotted yours Ficus but in any case I believe that the time has come to proceed.
I think your Ficus no longer has land or what is there is now "exhausted". Basically you should wait until spring to repot but given the situation I recommend you do it right away.
Use a slightly larger clay pot than the previous one and pull off the Ficus with all the soil and try to clean the roots of the old earth without exposing them, trying to disturb them as little as possible, since this is not the most suitable period, it is better not to stress the plant too much.
Use good peaty soil with the addition of a part of leaf soil (get everything from a good nurseryman).
Place pieces of earthenware in the bottom of the pot to help drainage.
There are many types of Pokon fertilizers and you don't tell me which one you use so I can't tell you anything about it. The important thing about Ficus fertilizers is that we have a fairly high nitrogen content (N) which favors the development of green parts. It is also important that in addition to having the so-called macroelements qualiazoto (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) and that among these the nitrogen is in greater quantity that also has microelements such as iron (Fe), manganese (Mn ), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), boron (B), molybdenum (Mo), all important for a correct and balanced growth of the plant.
Always reduce the doses compared to what is indicated on the package.
Now that you change the soil, until spring, do not administer any as the plant will have a good supply of nutrients from the new soil.
Let me know and if you have any doubts write me again.
Dr. M. G. Davoli