The Wonderful Weeping Fig
Most commonly known as the Weeping Fig, Ficus Benjamina is a species found in the Moraceae genus that we stock here at TLB in our Big House Plant Range. It’s also known as Benjamin Tree, Java Fig, Small-leaved Rubber Plant, Ficus Tree and Tropic Laurel. If you want one to fill even more of your space, have a look at our Large Ficus Benjamina in our very own stylish Little Botanical ceramic pot. For those after the ultimate look, check out our new range of plant containers, with our Large Ficus Benjamina in Belly Basket!
The Moraceae is a family of large flowering plants. The Weeping Fig is one of three members of the Moraceae along with the Rubber plant and the Fiddle-Leaf Fig. Like the Rubber plant, the Weeping Fig is native to Asia. It differs by also being native to parts of Australia. It also differentiates itself by having an abundance of small, glossy leaves as opposed to the larger leaves found on many of its family members.
The visual effect of the Weeping Fig’s leaves cascading down upon one another gives the plant real character. It’s a true statement piece that’s perfect for taking centre stage in your home. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about this wonderful plant.
One important point to note before reading any further is that if you have a latex allergy, then this is not a plant for you!
Looking after the Weeping Fig
Weeping Figs are fairly low maintenance plants and taking care of them is mostly about what you should avoid doing. Big house plants generally don’t like being moved around and the Weeping Fig is definitely no exception.
Once you have chosen a spot for your Weeping Fig, you should make every effort to avoid moving it. This could cause it to drop leaves at an increased rate. Repotting the plant also has the same effect so the process should only be carried out when it’s absolutely necessary. Luckily you shouldn’t need to as our pots are made to last.
Experts struggle to diagnose health issues with the Weeping Fig as no matter what is wrong with them, they react in the same way: excessively dropping leaves. However, it is widely agreed upon that the most common cause of leaf drop is overwatering. Take extra care not to damage your plant in this way. Don’t be alarmed if your Weeping Fig does occasionally shed leaves as this is entirely normal.
Another quality which makes this plant so popular is the fact that it grows very slowly. You definitely won’t have to worry about running out of space. This plant enjoys sunlight so be sure to place it somewhere bright, but don’t overexpose it to direct glare otherwise, its leaves will scorch.
If its leaves are turning yellow, then this is because of under or overwatering. You should be watering them once a week and only when the soil is visibly cracked and dry. They are really trouble-free, so if you’re looking for a house plant that is both gorgeous and easy to look after, then the Weeping Fig is the one for you.
The Perfect Look
The Weeping Fig is one of our greenest plants, with its plethora of leaves creating a truly gorgeous effect. We recommend placing this plant in a central spot to allow it to make a real statement. It can confidently brighten up a living space or breathe life into a plain home office.
They enjoy sunlight so we’d recommend placing them in an open area like the middle of a well-lit kitchen. The Weeping Fig is an impressive indoor plant which can grow all the way up to 1 metre in height.
One of the many benefits of the Weeping Fig is that it’s a brilliant air purifier. It’s capable of lowering toxins, reducing stress and encouraging productivity by providing a fresh working and living environment.
Outdoor Weeping Figs have been known to grow as high as 100 feet tall and 50 feet wide. For this reason, they are regularly used as hedges. Because of the rapid speed that its roots grow and the vast distances they reach underground, Weeping Fig trees have been known to damage foundations of nearby buildings. That’s amazing! We’d recommend the safe option though – sticking to one of our indoor plants, which comes without the added risk of uprooting your neighbours home and in a grey ceramic Little Botanical pot made just for us.
Unfortunately, the Weeping Fig may be a problem for pet-owners. It’s not one of our pet-friendly plants as its leaves can be toxic to cats and dogs. We’d recommend taking a look at some of our other indoor plants which will make for better companions for your lovely pets.
Frequently asked questions
Should I fertilise my Weeping Fig?
The Ficus Benjamina should be fertilised once a month between the months of April and September. It will not require fertilizer for the rest of the year.
I'd like to see how my Ficus Benjamina looks in a different coloured pot. Should I go ahead and repot it?
This is something we’d advise against unless absolutely necessary. The Weeping Fig doesn’t like to be moved, so it’s best to just leave it be.