Trimming Ficus Tree Roots and Repotting a Ficus
My ficus plant has been in the same pot for over 20 years. It is very root bound. Can I cut the roots when I re-pot it. I bought root fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. for re-potting. Thank you so much.
Yes, you can cut the roots when you repot your ficus. If it is root bound, the roots will have filled the pot and the root ball will have taken on the shape of the pot. Use a very sharp, clean knife or scissors to prune the roots that have filled the bottom the pot and the ones along the sides of the pot. Do not remove more than 20%-30% of the roots or the plant will go into shock and lose all of its leaves.
You can read more about a ficus tree in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.