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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.

Leaf Drop on Weeping Figs

Does it feel like fall in your home as your weeping fig tree drops lots of its leaves on your living room floor? Don’t worry.  It’s most likely a response to the change of seasons.

Weeping figs, a type of Ficus, are sensitive to any change in their environment.  So as the days shorten and light intensity decreases outdoors the amount of light reaching your weeping fig indoors also decreases.  Fortunately, this plant can lose up to 95% of its leaves and still recover.
Adjust your watering and fertilization to match the indoor growing conditions and your plant’s needs.  Always water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist.  And be sure to pour off or capture the excess water in a gravel tray.  Stop fertilizing during the winter unless your plants are actively growing and in need of a nutrient boost. 
A bit more information: As the plants adjust to the environmental changes, new leaves should appear. Minimize future risk of leaf drop by providing bright light and moist well-drained soil.  And try to maintain plants in as consistent growing conditions as possible.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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