Recommended temperature: 15 to 22°C.
Hygrometry: Humid atmosphere.
Site: Light shade to full sun.
Geographical origins: India, Philippine et Malaisia.
Adult dimensions: From 2 to 4 m indoors, up to 30 m outside in its original habitat.
Toxicity: Its leaves are toxic and its sap is an irritant.
Properties and uses:
The Ficus Benjamina or weeping fig is a tall tree in its original habitat. However in our latitudes, it is only grown as an indoor plant.
Its glossy green foliage and its weeping shape will help show off your living space.
Finally, the Ficus Benjamina is an efficient air cleansing plant against ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
Looking after advice:
It is best to place your Ficus in a light room.
- However pay attention not to put it next to a window that is exposed to the sun for long periods as this may cause burning of its leaves.
- Your Ficus is at home in rooms where the temperature is between 15°C and 22°C. When outside temperatures allow, you can put your Ficus out on the patio.
- Water it with care especially during the winter. A good guide is to wait until the soil surface is dry before watering.
- It prefers a soft water that is not calcareous.
- When it is hot do not hesitate to spray its leaves.
Why are the leaves of my Ficus falling off ?
This happens when the Ficus either moves place or is exposed to air currents. The Ficus is very sensitive to changes in temperature.
Why are the leaves of my Ficus turning yellow ?
As is often the case this is due to over watering, which leads to asphyxiation of the roots of the Ficus.