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The weeping fig is part of the Ficus plant genus (scientific name: F. benjamina) and tree like, in looks. With large arching branches and long pointed leaves, it looks attractive indoors. The Benjamina is one of the most popular small indoor trees from this genus that grows quite slowly and needs a grower to take particular care of a few needs (lighting, watering, etc.), which is fairly easy, when you know how.
|Temperature:||Room temperatures of around 65°f / 16°c --- 75°f / 24°c is ideal. Try not to allow temperatures to decrease lower than 50°f / 10°c, although they can handle a bit lower, without problems.|
|Light:||Bright light is what keeps the weeping fig happy, that is partially shaded. A spot that receives some sun and shade during the day is great. As mentioned previously do not move the tree, not even turning it around to prevent leaves being shed.|
|Watering:||Allow the compost to dry to a certain extent (at the top) between each watering with tepid filtered or distilled water. Over-watering and under-watering can cause the leaves to drop. To identify the problem check if the leaves are crispy or if they fold easily. If they fold then the problem could be over-watering, and if crispy the tree could be under watered. Add enough water that can seep from the top soil to the drainage holes, at the bottom of the container and remove the left over water to allow enough oxygen to the plant roots. Less watering in the winter is to be carried out.|
|Soil:||A fast draining soil-less mix is advised.|
|Re-Potting:||These can be allowed to become pot bound to a certain extent, and as mention above the weeping fig tree does not like to be disturbed. I would only re-pot when necessary, which could be every couple of years when its growing in height and spread.|
|Fertilizer:||I would only use fertilizer once a month from April until September that has to be diluted. October - March should be a rest period without fertilizer.|
|Humidity:||Misting the leaves in the summer is advised.|
|Propagation:||The F. benjamina is easy to propagate during summer with a few inches of good branch cuttings (from the tip), placed into soil.|
|Grooming and pruning:||Your growing tree will enjoy having old leaves removed and being pruned to the size that suits it's indoor living space, especially if it is healthy and growing well where it now sits. Pruning is best done after summer and before the next spring.|
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