|Common Name||Weeping Fig|
|Maximum Reachable Height||It is a tree reaching 2 meters to 30 meters (98 ft) tall in natural conditions. Most people keep it as indoor for 2 to 3 years.|
|Bloom Time||The flowers are inconspicuous.|
|Difficulty Level||Easy to medium|
Planting And Care
Cold drafts from windows or doors will harm them, so make sure to place them somewhere where drafts will not be an issue. Losing its leaves is the most common problem with ficus plants. Ficus tree shows a standard reaction to stress is Leaf drop, whether it is from any of the following: Under watering or over watering, Low humidity, Too little light, Relocation or repotting, Drafts, Range in temperature (too hot or cold). If your ficus is losing its leaves, go through the checklist of proper ficus tree care and correct anything that you find wrong.
Ficus Benjamina Care
|Sunlight||Most ficus trees enjoy bright indirect or filtered light with variegated varieties happily able to take medium light. Bright, direct light may result in scalding of the leaves and leaf loss.|
|Watering||When watering, always check the top of the soil first. If the top of the soil is wet, do not water as this means they have enough moisture. If the top of the soil feels dry to the touch, this indicates that they need water.|
|Soil||Rich, humusy, and well-drained soil|
|Temperature||Ficus trees also cannot tolerate low temperatures or drafts. They need to be kept in temperatures above 60 degrees F (16 degrees C) and actually prefer temperatures above 70 degrees F (21 degrees C).|
|Fertilizer||Feed with slow-release pellets at the beginning of the growing season. Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer and once every two months in the fall and winter.|
Ficus Benjamina Special Feature
Most ficus bonsai trees can produce aerial roots in their natural habitat, which are often presented in appealing bonsai creations with many aerial root pillars or root over rock styles. To enable aerial root growth in our homes a humidity of nearly 100% must be achieved artificially.
You can use a glass cover, fish tank, or a construction with transparent sheets for this purpose.
The Bodhi tree, under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment, is believed by many to have been a ficus religiosa.
Fig species are characterized by their unique inflorescence and distinctive pollination syndrome, which utilizes wasp species belonging to the Agaonidae family for pollination.
Ficus Benjamina Uses
- Ficus trees can maintain their tree-like shape regardless of their size, so this makes them ideal for bonsais or for massive houseplants in large spaces
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
- It’s generally kept indoor in the living room and in the terrace area
- The common fig (Ficus carica) is cultivated for its pear-shaped, edible fruits, which are really hollow fleshy receptacles (syconia) containing hundreds of male and female flowers