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Ficus Benjamina

Weeping Fig

Weeping fig is the most popular indoor tree from the Moraceae family. Its  branches droop downward from woody stems, covered with glossy, pointed 2-4 in. leaves which become darker green as the the plant ages. This fig tree makes a statement in any brightly lit room. Growers sometimes braid its trunks for a decorative topiary look. These ficus trees are slow-growing, but can grow to 10 ft. indoors. Dwarf varieties only reach 3 ft. tall. You can prune tall branches to control the plant's height.

Light & Temperature: This tree will do best in average room temperatures between 60-75°. Place your ficus in bright, indirect light.

Watering: Water thoroughly , then allow to dry out slightly between waterings. This plant will not tolerate soggy soil. Keep soil slightly drier in winter, when light levels are low.  Weeping fig tree is sensitive to chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals in tap water as well as salt in softened water. Use only distilled or filtered water, or allow tap water to sit overnight so the chemicals will dissipate.


Care Tips: This plant doesn't like change. It's known to drop its leaves when moved around. Keep it away from drafts. Blasts of hot or cold air from doorways or vents will also cause leaf drop. If this happens, don't worry. With good care it will grow new leaves in spring and summer. In early fall, expect it to drop quite a few leaves. This is normal. You can help prevent the tree from losing too many leaves by misting it to increase humidity. Also, don't be tempted to overwater a shedding plant, which makes the problem worse. Weeping fig is a long-lived house plant. Give it what it wants and you'll enjoy it for many years.

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