Ficus Benjamina (weeping fig tree) is a shrub with dark green foliage native to India. Also called weeping fig tree, it is certainly one of the most often sold houseplants. This venerable shrub of subtropical appearance with evergreen foliage is of a very pleasant appearance, but is a little capricious.
- Family: Moraceae
- Type: shrub
- Origin: India
- Color: green
- Exposure: subdued sun
- Flowering : summer
- Soil: potting soil
- Height: up to 20 meters in its natural environment
Location and temperature:
Ficus Benjamina is a shrub plant that requires a subdued light exposure. It should not be placed directly under the sun’s rays, which could burn its foliage. It will grow well at a temperature ranging from 15 to 28°C (59 to 82°F) it can also tolerate lower lighting, but its growth will be slower and its foliage less provided.
Its location is to be chosen with care since it does not like to be changed place. Each move, change in light exposure or other major disturbance will cause it to lose some of its leaves. This is a phenomenon that is hard to avoid, but can be diminished by spraying the leaves gently before moving. In addition, ficus benjamina does not tolerate drafts and rapid changes in temperature.
It is important to water the ficus benjamina with water at room temperature, otherwise the shrub will experience stress that will cause it to lose leaves. Its substrate must also be well irrigated since it hates having the roots in the water. You have to make sure that the bottom of your pot has holes.
During summer and spring, ficus benjamina should be watered regularly, but moderately, ideally watering when the soil is dry on the surface. During the winter, preferably wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters before watering again.
Repotting is essential if you want your plant to bloom again. The older and larger the plant, the more repotting is needed. In the early stages, repotting every 2 or 3 years is enough. Then it depends on the size of the shrub. When repotting, choose a pot with a slightly larger diameter and make sure that the bottom of the pot is pierced. Be careful, repotting in a pot that is too large will cause the roots to get lost in the soil and the plant may die.