The following are some of the most common questions and concerns related to trimmings.
How do I prune my ficus?
Trimming your ficus tree is very easy if you follow these simple steps:
1) Find the best time to prune your tree.
Do not cut down too early or too late. You need to make sure that you don’t damage the roots when cutting them back.
2) Cut off any dead branches.
This way you won’t have to worry about damaging the roots.
3) If you want to keep your tree looking its best, then prune it every year or two instead of once a month.
4) Once a month is enough for most people!
If you decide to prune twice a week, then it’s better than nothing.
5) Never remove all the foliage from your ficus tree.
Leaves are good for absorbing water and nutrients.
6) Don’t forget to fertilize your ficus tree regularly.
7) Remember that you should always check the soil moisture level before pruning.
Too much watering can cause your ficus tree to rot faster!
How often should I prune my ficus?
It depends on what kind of plant you have and how big it is. The smaller the plant, the more often you should prune it. Most people never need to trim their ficus more than once or twice a month.
How do I know if my ficus tree is rootbound?
Most ficus trees become rootbound after being transferred to a new container. If your tree is rootbound, then it needs to be trimmed more often.
How do I root prune a ficus tree?
Rooting pruning is easy to do. Follow these simple steps:
1) Fill a bucket or trash can with lukewarm water.
You can add a small amount of mild shampoo to the water. Stir the water until it is mixed well.
2) Make a mixture of half Elodea and half Aquatic Grass.
Elodea is available at most pet stores, and it works well to keep your tree’s roots oxygenated. In addition, aquatic grass can help keep your tree from getting root rot.
3) Submerge the ficus tree in the bucket or trash can.
Leave it in there for about 10 minutes.
4) Take the tree out of the water and place it on a partly shaded area on the ground.
You want the tree to have some shade, but not too much.
5) Using a small brush and pruning shears, gently start wiping away all of the dirt from the roots.
Use the brush to loosen up any areas that are hard to reach.
6) Once you have cleaned off most of the dirt, then you can trim away any damaged roots with your pruning shears.
You might also need to re-pot the tree after you are finished cleaning it.
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