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Weeping Fig Plant

Ficus benjamina

Plant Type
Evergreen tree
Mature Size
3-6 ft tall (indoors), up to 60 ft tall (outdoors)
Sun exposure
Filtered, bright sun
Soil Type
Rich, fast-draining potting soil
Soil PH
Acidic, neutral to acidic
Bloom Time
Rarely blooms indoors
Flower Color
N/A
Hardiness Zones
10-11 (USDA)
Native Area
Asia, Australia
Toxicity
Weeping Fig Plant

Introduction

Ficus benjamina, commonly known as the Weeping Fig Plant, is a stunning evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia and Australia. It’s characterized by its glossy green leaves and graceful weeping form, making it an attractive choice for any home or office space.

The Weeping Fig Plant requires plenty of bright light in order to thrive, though it can tolerate some periods of lower light conditions. Once established, this plant should be watered deeply and regularly when the topsoil begins to dry out; however, care should be taken not to overwater as this could lead to root rot. Because of its striking appearance combined with minimal maintenance requirements, the Weeping Fig Plant makes for an excellent choice for indoor greenery that will bring life into any room all year long.

Weeping Fig Plant Care

Weeping Fig Plants require a spot with bright, indirect sunlight, and a well-draining soil. They prefer a thorough watering when the top inch of soil becomes dry and appreciate a consistent environment with temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and moderate humidity. A balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer applied monthly during the growing season will keep them at their best.

Light

Weeping figs prefer bright, indirect light, and can tolerate some partial shade. However, they may lose their leaves if the light changes too much. So once you find a good spot for your Weeping Fig, it's best to keep it there. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.

Soil

Well-draining soil is essential for Weeping Fig plants as they are susceptible to root rot. A good houseplant mix with added perlite for extra drainage works well. The pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, in the range of 6.0 to 7.0.

Water

Watering should be done when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. These plants appreciate a thorough watering, but the soil must never be left soggy. During winter months, reduce watering frequency as the plant's growth slows down and less water is needed.

Temperature and Humidity

Weeping figs thrive in a consistent environment with temperatures between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid placing the plant in drafty areas or near heating and cooling vents that can cause sudden temperature fluctuations. As for humidity, Weeping figs can tolerate moderate levels. However, if the air in your home is particularly dry, you may want to consider a room humidifier or placing the plant on a pebble tray filled with water to increase humidity around the plant.

Fertilizer

Weeping Figs do well with a balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer. During the growing season (spring through early fall), feed the plant once a month following the package instructions. In the winter months, when growth is slow or paused, fertilizer applications can be stopped. Always water the plant thoroughly before and after applying fertilizer to prevent root burn.

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