BOTANICAL NAME: Ficus benjamina
COMMON NAME: Weeping Fig
DESCRIPTION: Graceful tree shape of dense growth, somewhat pendant habit with shiny deep green small slender pointed leaves (light green leaves when young).
LIGHT/POSITION: Ideal in warm sheltered position (usually hate draughts) in high light. The more light the more leaves will be sustained.
WATERING: Moist to wet in high light conditions. Heavy users of water in warm dry positions, but should allow the top 1” to dry before watering.
CLEANING: Because of the number and size of the leaves regular spraying of soap/water is recommended and wiping over to remove excess.
PESTS: Spidermite, scale and mealy bug will all attack Ficus benjamina and preventative measures by cleaning regularly are strongly recommended. Regular sprays with Pyrethrum will discourage these pests.
DISEASES: Not commonly seen.
FERTILISING: Light regular liquid fertiliser feeds can be given in active growth periods where water uptake is rapid and light is good.
PRUNING: Regular pruning in active growth periods to maintain bushy growth and desired shape.
PRESENTATION: Plants should look balanced in relation to pot size – leaves should be glossy, blemish free with branches originating halfway between top of soil level and top of maximum foliage.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Other forms available are: variegated or with twisted braided or multiple trunks. “Exotica” has slightly longer leaves with a slight twist to the tip of the leaf.