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Ficus benjamina - Weeping Fig


Bright to some direct sun

Well drained

Let potting mix dry out slightly between waterings

6-18 feet (1.8-5.5 m) tall, to 2-10 feet (0.61-3.05 m) wide

Possible Problems

Scale is possible


A beautiful tree or shrub that in temperate climates landscapers use as an outdoor plant. Weeping fig likes average temperatures of 60-75 degrees F (15.6-24.9 C). It can tolerate lower light, but growth will be open and stretched. Prune to maintain an attractive shape, but be aware that ficus do exude a milky sap that can stain clothes and carpeting. Weeping figs are famous for dropping their leaves when moved to a new location or whenever their normal climate changes. If you can, move a weeping fig incrementally. If it does drop all its leaves, reduce watering until new leaves are formed, and try not to move it again. Some cultivars have variegated leaves. To maintain good growth and color, feed with a soluble fertilizer once a month.


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