Ficus benjamina

Weeping fig

Ficus benjamina

Weeping fig

  • Robust tropical woody plant
  • Hanging branches and leaves
  • Versatile
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Description

Ficus benjamina or Weeping fig, an evergreen tree from tropical Asia, is justifiably popular as an indoor plant. In addition to its elegant appearance, it is extremely easy to care for. It is named after its drooping branches and leaves, somewhat similar to those of the silver birch (Betula pendula), therefore its German name "Birkenfeige" ("birch fig"). The medium to dark green, smooth leaves are extended into a "Drip tip", like those of many tropical trees. In contrast to the dark foliage, the trunk and branches have a light brown bark. Like many Ficus species, the Weeping fig can grow to a height of about 30 metres, but as an indoor and terrarium plant it does not grow rapidly in height. The growth can be limited by pruning; Ficus benjamina can also be grown as a bonsai.

"Benjamini", as the Weeping fig is also called, grows in any well-drained soil. This should be kept freshly to moderately moist and may become a little dry at times, but should neither dry out completely nor become waterlogged. This ficus will respond to rough care mistakes by dropping its leaves. When it has grown in well, it can be given a houseplant fertiliser. The light requirement is not high, but the growth is best in a bright position. Intensive lighting or sun is also tolerated. The temperature range is about 18 to 29 °C.

Ficus benjamina is an ideal, robust terrarium plant. It is easy to shape by pruning, can be grown as a shrub or tree and suits both terrarium types that take tropical dry or monsoon forests as their model and rainforest terrariums.

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Ficus benjamina
Cultivation Options Terrestrial, freestanding
Growth Height Up to 2 - 3 m indoors, rarely taller
Temperature 18 - 29 °C, not below 15 °C
Humidity Moderate to high, regular misting recommended
Light Requirement Bright, indirect light; avoid direct sunlight
Watering Regular, avoid waterlogging; allow soil surface to dry off between waterings
Fertilization Every 2 weeks with houseplant fertilizer during spring and summer
Propagation Cuttings, air layering
Suitable for Medium to large terrariums, offers hiding and climbing opportunities
Cultivation Options
Terrestrial, freestanding
Growth Height
Up to 2 - 3 m indoors, rarely taller
Temperature
18 - 29 °C, not below 15 °C
Humidity
Moderate to high, regular misting recommended
Light Requirement
Bright, indirect light; avoid direct sunlight
Watering
Regular, avoid waterlogging; allow soil surface to dry off between waterings
Fertilization
Every 2 weeks with houseplant fertilizer during spring and summer
Propagation
Cuttings, air layering
Suitable for
Medium to large terrariums, offers hiding and climbing opportunities

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