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Ficus Benjamina and Care

Ficus Benjamina Plants The Benjamin Fig (Ficus Benjamina) is one of the most common tree species that is used as an indoor potted plant. The plant is great for indoors with low - moderate or high lighting conditions. The plant has an elegant form and dense, glossy dark foliage. Slender branches arch gracefully from a light grey trunk. They have smooth, gray bark and shiny, green oval leaves. These small indoor trees are generally easy to grow if given enough light and proper care. It is commonly known as weeping fig. The leaves droop ornamentally and that's where this tree gets its name “ weeping fig” . When planted in the ground the plant can grow into a large tree. As the plant has dense foliage it can be used to plant where shade is required to be generated. It can also be used as a feature plant in a landscape by pruning it to the desired shape.
  • Ficus grows best in bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight. It can handle some direct sun if the humidity is high. Early-morning or late-afternoon sun is fine, but avoid an area that gets direct sun all day.
  • During periods of active growth, keep the soil evenly moist. The soil should be allowed to dry slightly between waterings during the winter and other times of low growth. Plants should never be waterlogged or allowed to sit with water in their saucers. Over watering will cause the lower leaves to fall.Too much or too little water plus insects and mites are the main problems. Root rot usually results from a soil mix that does not drain quickly or overly frequent watering. Water the plant only when the soil is almost dry, make sure the moisture gets to the roots.
  • The most common problem of weeping figs is leaf drop. Weeping figs seem to react to almost any stress by shedding leaves. Overwatering, underwatering, drafts, lack of nitrogen and low light are all causes of leaf drop. Weeping figs often shed leaves when moved to a new location or repotted. If growth conditions are adequate, the weeping fig will adjust to its new location, stop dropping leaves, and healthy new growth will appear. Spider mites and scales are frequent pests of ficus. Weeping figs may also be infested by mealybugs, aphids and thrips.
  • It can grown the way that it is allowed to. If can also be trimmed to form a topiary.
  • Fertilize the plant with general purpose fertilizer once or twice a month during the growing season.
  • Plants can be pruned to any shape as needed. They will even tolerate hard pruning to reduce their size if necessary. Reduce watering levels to severely pruned plants. The plant can be shaped in the form of a topiary as well.
  • The leaves of the plant should be sponged regularly to free them of accumulated dust. New leaves should be dealt with gently. Wash ficus leaves occasionally with plain warm water. This can help the leaves "breathe" and improves their appearance.
  • Provide ample humidity, especially for new plants. Mist ficus plants at least twice daily. Make a humidity tray by filling the plant saucer with gravel. Runoff water will collect in the saucer, which has two benefits: the roots will not sit in standing water and the surplus water will evaporate through the plant, providing additional humidity.
  • If leaves start to yellow and drop, decrease water and increase humidity. Use no fertilizer until the leaf drop stops.