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Weeping Fig

English Name

Ficus Benjamina

Scientific Name

Description

Ficus Benjamina is a highly attractive house-plant and is very easy to look after. It has glossy green leaves and is a very strong grower when conditions are to its liking.

Australia

Origin

Moraceae

Family

55°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

Maximum: 13'2"

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Color

Watering

Water the plant not more than twice a week in Summer and once every 10 days in Winter. Rain-water is ideal. Allow the top of the compost to dry out between waterings.

Feeding

Feed monthly from Spring to Autumn with liquid house-plant food.

Repotting

Re-pot in Spring when plant is young and if pot is too big just change topsoil annually.

Propagation

Take cuttings 3-4 inches long from mid Spring to early Summer in seed and cutting compost at room temperature. Or air-layering from early to mid Summer.

Cultivation

Ficus Benjamina requires warmth in winter, and needs good but indirect light. Avoid over-watering in Winter. The white variegated forms are more sensitive than the green ones, and should not be exposed to sudden drops in temperature. Young and medium-sized plants need to be supported by a strong bamboo cane.

Pruning

Prune in Spring when active new growth begins. Cut sloping down from just above a bud. Overlong stems can be trimmed back in Autumn if necessary.

Tips

If the plant dries out and the leaves fall off, don't throw it away, they'll soon grow back again.

Care

Ficus do not like over-potting and are quite good in a pot that looks too small for it. A 5 inch pot will hold a 3 feet high Ficus plant quite happily. One of the problems with the Ficus Benjamina is, they shed their leaves when being moved from one place to another until they eventually settle down. The leaves may also turn brown and fall off if the growing location is not in sufficient light.

Decorate

In a hallway or foyer. Ficus Benjamina cleans indoor pollution, it absorbs Formaldehyde.

Humidity

Mist with tepid rain water in Summer.

Soil

Peat-based compost for young plants and rich soil-based compost for large and shrubby species.



Did you know?

Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.