How to revive a sickly plant?

Hi Judy,
My co-workers and I found a sickly abandoned plant discarded on the sidewalk (think Charlie Brown Christmas tree). I think I’ve identified it as a Ficus Alii via this website. But what we are all wondering, what can we do (if anything) to revive this poor plant? Most branches are bare twigs, and there are maybe a dozen total leaves. Thanks for your ideas!

Hi Coffeeboss,

The first thing you have to do is cut off the top 1/3 of the plant. That will encourage the plant to become bushy and full as it produces new leaves. Next, buy a product called superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.    . You can read about it in the Glossary of the website. It does absolute wonders for plants that are under stress. If you can’t find any, you can order it off the website. Finally, follow the care instructions for a Ficus alii in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.  It should start producing new leaves in about a month (more or less). Just be patient & good luck.