Ficus Benjamina Braid is one of the most common houseplants. The solid green leaves arise from a beautiful light gray trunk. These plants need bright, direct light and they prefer to dry out some between watering. It’s best to keep Ficus Benjamina in the same location, because any change in moisture, light or location will cause the plant to drop some of its leaves to adjust.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 10′ – 15′
Mature Width: 3′ – 4′
Classification: Green Foliage
Sunlight: Bright, direct to Full sun (if outdoors)
Habit: Tree form, clear trunk
Flower Color: Does not flower indoors
Foliage: Green, glossy
Soil Condition: Likes to dry out occasionally
Water Require: Likes to dry out between watering
Uses: Houseplant that cleans the air
Does Not Ship To: AK, CA, HI, OR, WA, AZ
Ficus Benjamina braid is a graceful, gentle tree with solid green leaves that prefers to be in bright, direct light. These trees would do best with exposure to a western or southern window. Ficus benjamina braid, otherwise known as the weeping fig, serves as an excellent backdrop for any room in the house. These versatile trees can even be placed outside in full sun if hardy. There is a tendency for these trees to lose their leaves if light, watering, or their location changes. This is a perfectly normal process as the tree adjusts to its new situation.
These elegant trees come originally from Asia and Australia, where they grow upwards of 80 feet tall. Indoors, in a container the trees height is limited by the quantity of roots it can produce in a small container. Typically, Ficus benjamina reaches about 10 to 15 feet tall indoors. Regular pruning can contain the tree and encourage branching and new leaf growth without damage to the tree. Outdoors, the trees produce a very small flower and then a reddish fruit that is edible. Eating the fruit is not recommended because it has not been bred for flavor and is not intended to be eaten.
Light Requirement of Ficus Benjamina Braid:
Indoors, Ficus benjamina braid requires bright, direct light for several hours in a day. A western or southern window provides enough light to keep these trees happy. Outdoors, the trees can handle full sun to part shade. Any change in light conditions will cause weeping figs to drop their leaves.
Watering Ficus Benjamina Braid:
Ficus benjamina braid likes to dry out occasionally between watering. It does not like to stay or sit in water or get too dry. Trees that are too dry will drop their leaves, trees that are too wet will have leaves that turn yellow before dropping. Ideally, weeping figs like to stay moist but do not like to dry out completely.
Fertilizing Ficus benjamina braid:
Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Ficus benjamina. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. All of these fertilizers may be used when planting Ficus benjamina indoors or outdoors. Keep in mind that weeping figs like to be fertilized regularly to encourage new growth and branching.
Best Growing Soil for Ficus benjamina braid:
Ficus benjamina braid need a very well draining soil, and prefer to have moist conditions. Regular potting mix works well for plants potted in containers, some sand can be added to the potting mix to prevent the tree from staying too wet. Try to avoid an area with clay soil if planting outdoors to encourage better drainage.
History and introduction of Weeping Figs:
Ficus benjamina braid is a low maintenance houseplant that originates in Asia. These standards have been pruned to keep a tree form, but they also make attractive, compact hedges if planted outside in a hardy location. A relatively smooth, brownish gray trunk gives way to a sphere of tear drop shaped leaves. Sometimes the trunks are braided or twisted to provide more ornamental interest. Ficus benjamina braid tolerates a wide range of conditions: bright light to full sun, very dry to wet, and a variety of soil. They make a great houseplant, and clean the air inside your home of formaldehyde as well.
Ficus benjamina is the Latin name, from the family of Figs, Ficus, and benjamina is from the name in Hindi, Benjan. Ficus trees are sacred in Southeastern Asia because Buddha found enlightenment under one.