The Ficus Benjimina Kiki I posted in an earlier entry is as far as I can tell dead. My first tree was a Ficus Benjimina and it too met it’s demise a few years back. Though that was due to leaving it out during the first cold weekend of the year and I was an unprepared bonsai keeper. This means that two of three trees I have killed have been what most hail as indestructible, species of Ficus. I have also killed a juniper with a summer repot.
I think that this is precisely the reason why I haven’t had success with Ficus. I have the notion that they are nearly bulletproof, therefore I don’t give them the same attention as my other trees. For instance I already know that I will be mulching in my trees in the next few weeks to winterize them, and these are hardy trees. This year I brought my tropicals inside when it hit the 40s at night so lesson learned. I also know that this late summer repot of the ficus might have not been the best decision without a proper greenhouse to let it recover. On top of that, I put it in a frosted window for about a week and clearly that want going to work. Lessons learned.
I do think I will try Ficus again but it won’t be until I have had success growing my tropicals inside for the winter. I have added additional lighting to my indoor setup and will be seeing how a natal plum and portulacaria rooted cuttings take to the system. Once I get this all figured out, I will probably give the species a good try again.