Braided Ficus benjamina Weeping Fig Trees for Sale Online
The Braided Ficus Benjamina Tree, also known as the weeping fig tree, is a shade-loving, low light house plant that is typically grown indoors. Above the braided trunk, this tree bears shiny leaves that droop down for an elegant effect. Ficus are well known to clean the indoor air of formaldehyde.
Braided Weeping Fig Trees' full braided trunk makes it a go-to statement piece for designers. This ficus tree has no serious insect or disease problems, making it a care-free houseplant. Beyond designers, they are popular indoor tropical trees among all skill levels due to the unique look and tolerance of multiple growing conditions. This plant made our list of Low Light House Plants Anyone Can Grow!
While most common as a houseplant, the weeping fig can be grown outdoors in hardiness zones 9 through 11 and can reach 15 feet tall! In zones 4 through 11, the Ficus Benjamina can be used as a patio plant for late spring and summer, but we recommend that you bring it in for the winter once temperatures reach below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
* Please note that Ficus Benjamina is prone to substantial leaf drop after the shipping process due to stress. Moisture-stressed ficus tends to drop yellow leaves, while ficus exposed to low-light stress tend to drop green leaves. Once the plant has acclimated to its new environment, the leaves will come back, and you will have a happy ficus. However, it is best to keep Ficus Benjamina in the same location because any change in moisture, light, or location will once again cause the plant to drop some of its leaves to adjust.
|Mature Height:||6 to 8 Feet Indoors|
|Mature Width:||3 to 4 Feet Indoors|
|Habit:||Tree form, clear braided trunk|
|Flower Color:||Does not flower indoors|
|Soil Condition:||Well drained soil|
|Water Require:||Likes to dry out between watering|
|Uses:||Indoor tree that cleans the air|
How to Care for Braided Ficus Benjamina Weeping Fig Trees
Before you buy a Braided Ficus Benjamina Tree, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and flourishing.
What is the best soil to use for my Braided Ficus benjamina Tree?
Braided Ficus Benjamina Trees need very well-draining soil. However, this tree grows best when you keep the soil moist. A regular potting soil 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.
What type of light is best for a Ficus Benjamina Tree?
When planted outdoors, or used as a patio plant, we suggest that you put your tree in a spot that receives morning light and afternoon shade. If your Braided Ficus Benjamina were to receive full sun, its leaves would surely burn and fall off the tree. When indoors, they like bright indirect light.
How often should I water my weeping fig tree?
The Ficus Benjamina prefers to dry out some between watering, but do not let the soil completely dry out. This means that you should water it every 5 to 7 days, or when the top inch of soil is dry. It is important to note that when placed outside as a patio plant, this tree may need more frequent watering. Yellow leaves can indicate both too much, or too little watering, so some guess-and-testing may be necessary to find an optimal balance.
How do I fertilize the Weeping Fig Ficus Benjamina?
Using an all-purpose fertilizer, apply food once a month only while the tree is showing signs of new growth; do not fertilize when it is dormant. The growing season for this tree is usually during the spring and summer. It is important to follow the package guidelines on how much fertilizer to use. Over-fertilizing is much more detrimental than under-fertilizing.