Weeping Fig- Ficus Benjamina 

Weeping Fig- Ficus Benjamina 

Weeping fig (also known as the ficus tree) grows slender branches that arch gracefully from flexible grey braided trunks with dense, glossy dark evergreen leaves. The overall shape and elegant appearance of weeping figs grow happily as a Bonsai tree but also makes them a stunning tropical and ever-popular houseplant in homes, offices and interior commercial landscaping. Although sensitive to change, this intelligent plant will drop leaves to adapt new growth in order to capture adequate light, temperature and humidity in its new location. 

 

General Care

Sunlight

Bright indirect light or in sunny areas that get some afternoon shade.

Water

Regularly water, and allow for the soil to dry completely between waterings.

Humidity

As tropical natives, weeping figs prefer high humidity. Misting the leaves in the summer is advised.

Soil

Well draining potting mix

Common Problems

The most common problem with the easy-going weeping fig is leaf drop. The ficus tree can lose leaves due to any type of stress, including repotting, lack of nitrogen in the soil, over and underwatering, inadequate light and frequent temperature changes.

Symptom

Yellowing leaf edges

Cause

Prolonged underfeeding

Symptom

Dropping leaves

Cause

Change of location

Precautions

Weeping Fig is a Ficus which means the sap within the plant is generally mildly toxic to most pets and people. It has a milky irritating sap in the stems and leaves that can cause gastrointestinal issues if eaten and skin irritation if the sap is allowed get into small cuts on the skin.

 

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  • 1. Drainage

    Place a single layer of drainage screen directly over the drain hole.

  • 2. Pot setup

    Once you have chosen the location for your pots, place four pot feet on the ground and position the pot on top.

  • 3. Potting mix

    Cover the piece of drainage screen with a good quality potting mix and fill the pot to the desired level and gently compact in layers.

  • 4. Plant it

    Carefully remove the plant from its nursery pot. Put the plant in your prepared garden pot, ensuring the potting mix soil sits at the same level as the soil in the nursery pot.

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