Botanical Name: Ficus benjamina
Family Name: Moraceae (mulberry)
Origin: India, Asia and tropical Australia
Common Relatives: mulberry, osage-orange, fig, hop
Introduction: What praytell could the winsome weeping fig have to be so sorrowful about? This lovely lady makes an ideal indoor ornamental that adds flair to any room or foyer. Maybe she’s not sad, but she certainly is temperamental and has been known to shed her leaves if subjected to sudden changes in temperature or lighting! For best results, keep the weeping fig in bright to moderate light, water sparingly, and try to maintain a consistent environment. Occasionally, during a warm spring or summer rain shower, take her outside and give her emotional leaves a good rinsing!
- This species is classified as an "epiphyte" or air plant when young as they grow on other plants and elevated supports. They are not parasites but obtain water and nutrients through a spongy covering of their roots.
- Ficus: ancient Latin name for fig.
- broken leaves and cut stems exude white latex
- Will generally grow well in light levels bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort.
- There are many clone and cultivar differences which can greatly influence how each will perform under indoor conditions.
- Dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined
- leaves elliptic, pointed, up to 5 inches long
- stems woody
Flower Color: N/A
Decorative Life: years
Special Care Tips: Purchase ones with larger and greener foliage as this indicates that the plants were grown properly and will therefore do well under interior conditions.
Special Concerns: Often will drop foliage when moved to lower light levels and/or when placed under water stress.
Ethylene Sensitivity: yes