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Plant info Weeping Fig Topiary

plant info topiary ficusBOTANICAL 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.

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