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Posted 4w ago by @ReveredBeans

Help! Ficus Altissima

I used the Instant plant food pest treatment and left her outside (very little sun exposure, no direct sunlight at all) for 2 days and this is what I brought her back inside as.

She used to be very perky, but now her leaves are kinda droopy (some have perked back up) and almost all look like they’ve been burnt.

I don’t know what to do, but I hate seeing her being so sad! She used to be the most beautiful tree in the house, and now I just wanna chop it off. Some of the leaves have even started to fall. I don’t know what to do! 😭😭😭
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Gradually exose a house plant to the outdoors. I use an organic fertilizer too. Fish emulsion works great for my 30 house plants.
It’ll be ok, it just got a little shock, probably between the fertilizer and the outdoor exposure. You can clean the leaves with a damp cloth and check for any pests. Put it back in its original spot. It may drop a few leaves, see if you can propagate them, if not it’s ok. It’s a gorgeous plant! You’re a good plant parent, don’t beat yourself up! πŸ’šπŸ’š
If she's anything like my ficus elastica, she hates wet feet! My ficus came to me with poor soil and when I watered her the soil retained too much moisture. As a result, her leaves drooped very drastically and have never recovered. I've learned they may not ever.

However, I repotted her and she got better, and put on quite a bit of new growth after that looks like her former self.

Also, plants unsurprisingly don't like drastic changes. It is recommended that if you want to change light levels or indoors to outdoors, use baby steps. Put her out every day for an hour. In a week go up to 2 hours. Then 4.

Let me know how it goes. And watch out for yellowing and dropping leaves. Let me know how it goes.
@DarkAngel there have been a lot off yellowing/browning leaves. I’ve been internally crying about it all week. I’ve even thought about chopping it off and watching it start anew because most of the leaves are turning yellow/brown. They perked up, but they don’t look pretty… not one bit.
@ReveredBeans if you do want to put it back outside at some point, I watched an Instagram post from this funny soul https://www.instagram.com/reel/C6Jbckpr23o/?igsh=YWRncjI0NWE5Mmx2
@Momof83ans I just saw this too! I wish I had seen it 2 weeks ago! πŸ˜† I love his content so much.
@ReveredBeans right! He’s so great!
I found my plant to be quite hardy, and has been doing great after I started watering it only when bone dry.

On the plus side, the lower growth looks pretty good to me. Also remember the amount of light has a direct impact on the watering needs of any plant.