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My partner received a Ficus Bonsai as a birthday gift last year. We absolutely love it, but I fear we were to novice and haven't given it the care / attention needed.

We are in a ground floor flat and it sits in the only window where it can get day light. it was fantastic over Autumn / Winter but has not fared well this year. Leaves have dried out (even after maintaining moisture) and are turning white (picture attached)

I am really trying to understand if it can be rescued and get some guidance or if we have ruined it

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SangoKaku - 1 year ago
Hi khousby, welcome to the Bonsai Forums!

For some reason your picture did not post...

White leaves can be a few things, too little light, under fertilization or pests in the soil...

The sun light is easily fixed with relocation, perhaps a place where it can get about 6+ hours of light or so... not sure on the orientation of the room, but if it's the only window maybe a supplemental grow light or full spectrum light?

Adding a bit of slow release fertilizer to the soil could also help, something simple in a small pellet form similar to this...

https://www.amazon.com/Osmocote-Outdoor-Smart-Rele...

Or for a temporary quick infusion of nitrogen you can try a liquid fertilizer added to a one gallon water can...

https://www.amazon.com/Schultz-Purpose-Liquid-Plan...

Make sure the roots are not compacted and water drains out, not just sitting in the pot as this could lead to root rot and suffocate the potted tree...

HTH

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