Just registered after unsuccessfully researching for explanation so I hope you guys can help out.
I have a Ficus Retusa which until 2 weeks ago was looking really good.
I also have 2 jap maples (1 cutting, doing well) a 7" bamboo and a 10" Chinese elm!
Recently, the leaves on the Ficus started turning variant shades of brown and are now at the stage of wilting and some are now almost black!
Age and Size: 5-7 yrs Trunk girth 1-1.5" and approx 12" high
Position: Outside/off ground/sited in humidity tray (6"diameter) and semi-exposed to wind.
Watering: As and when with either collected rain water or from tap
Fertiliser: No feed past October
Pruning: Last prune around August/September
Pests/fungi etc: None that I can find (or know about!
The recent steep fall in temperature panicked me abit and I brought the tree inside 2 days ago and the problem appears to have got worse.
One notable thing was that when outside, the branches (usually hard) changed to being somewhat soft and "flexible"....??? (I've never noticed this before...?)
What's going on - Could this have been the cold? Please help!!!
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