Ficus, Benjamina Braid

Ficus, Benjamina Braid

Native from India to northern Australia, Ficus Benjamina is commonly known as weeping fig is a broadleaf evergreen tree that makes for an excellent focal point in any space. Grown in tropical and subtropical climates, this elegant plant is a popular one in homes, offices and interior commercial landscaping. Featuring large arching branches and long, pointed, glossy dark leaves, weeping fig trees look absolutely stunning in any interior design. Apart from boosting curb appeal, Ficus Benjamina trees are known to be excellent air purifiers as well. Ficus, Benjamina Braids are extremely sensitive to poor growing conditions and need a little regular care. 

If you’re considering adding these lovely plants to your space, then here are a few tips on how to care for Ficus Benjamina indoors. 

Ficus Benjamina Plant Care

Widely grown in the tropics as an ornamental tree or hedge, weeping fig can be grown as specimen trees that reach up to 60 feet in height. Because of their striking features and tolerance, they have also become extremely popular houseplants which are often grown in 2-10’ tall range. 

Hardiness Zones – Ficus Benjamina trees can grow outdoors in zones 10-11 (USDA). They can be taken outdoors in spring after the last frost date and can be brought back indoors in the fall season.  

Light and Temperature Requirements – Ficus Benjamina trees require a bright room with plenty of indirect sunlight. A space that receives some sun and shade during the day works brilliantly for them. Even a little direct sunlight in the morning is fine. Daytime temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit is what keep the weeping fig happy. As they are native to the tropics, Ficus Benjamina plants prefer high humidity. Low relative humidity will result in leaves that are dry and shriveled up. 

Water Requirements – Over-watering and under-watering weeping fig can cause the leaves to drop. You need to keep the plant steadily moist. Ensure that the plant does not sit in water or it will drop leaves and may develop root rot. Maintain a consistent watering schedule. Also, provide the plant less water during the winter season. 

Feeding – Weeping figs require plenty of fertilizer throughout the growing period. Make sure that you feed them with slow-release pellets in the beginning of the growing season. Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer and once every two months in the fall and winter.