My Ficus Tree Dying: 8 Reasons for the Plant Degradation

Ficus Tree Dying

Every beginner goes through this stage sooner or later. You look at your ficus and realize that something has gone wrong and now the tree looks ill and exhausted. We will try to describe all the major symptoms and ways how to save the evergreen shrub. And do not give up as you can always improve your mistake and turn the potted plant into a real tree.

Find Out What Is Going On With Your Ficus

Do not panic. What you need to do now is look through the possible illnesses and find out all the possible factors for the ficus tree fading and dying. If you have paid attention to the illness on time the plant can be saved and things can be turned around. And try not to stress out too much after all negative experience is also needed. Next time you will avoid all the mistakes. So here we go:

  • Leaves are fading and dying due to the climate changes. Perhaps the air in the house is way too dry in winter? Or maybe the plant is suffering from the draughts? Get the humidifier if needed and make sure the temperature does not drop below 15 C at night.
  • Yellowing and curling greenery due to the lack of water. Try to figure out how long the pot has been left without watering. If the pot is dry throughout you might want to merge it into a tub filled with lukewarm water. And do not even think about using the tap water, distilled one only. We will come back to the water issue later.
  • The foliage is really tiny and the tree looks very anemic due to the lack of sunlight. You need to find a new spot with plenty of sunshine. But not direct sunshine as that can burn the tree as well.
  • Greenery turning brown due to the sunburn. Find a spot with plenty of indirect sunlight.
  • The shrub is fading and the foliage is dry although you water it every day? The roots are rotten due to the over moisturizing. You will have to change the soil. Also rinse through the roots and perform root pruning but do not go overboard.
  • Foliage is covered in yellow or brown spots. Treat it with the fungicide and keep it away from the other plants to stop the infection.
  • The trunk and the roots look healthy but the greenery looks dripping wet and brown. The shrub has been infected by pests. Use a pesticide. Follow the package instructions and isolate the tree from the rest of the plants for the treatment period.
  • The greenery is still fading and the tree looks anemic but you follow all the instructions. Maybe you have used the tap water for the plant? Then you will have to rinse out the salts from the pot soil. Take the plant outside and rinse the soil through for a few times. And remember to use soft water.


Now that you have detected the cause of the illness and started the treatment do not forget to carry out the ficus benjamina pruning. This goes to all the fig trees as well. And as we have mentioned above try not to blame yourself and do not stress out. Every beginner gardener makes mistakes and you did the right thing by being proactive and treating your tree. And remember to contact us should you have any further questions.