How to take care of your...Ficus Benjamina (Weeping Fig)

by Lea charpier on August 15, 2020

Where should I place my Ficus Benjamina plant?

A spot that receives some sun and shade during the day is what keeps a Ficus Benjamina happy. Often, a Ficus that is getting too little light will look sparse and spindly. New leaves may also appear pale or even white. In this case, you should move the plant to a location where it will get more light.  The Ficus Benjamina really doesn’t like being moved around a home. Moving them kind of gives them a shock.  They decide its time to drop leaves to produce new ones from the change in lighting, temperature, and humidity provided ), which can leave a tree looking pretty bare. Best advice would be to find a spot with the correct lighting, not close to any drafts in the home (from doors or windows) and then leave it to get comfortable. Only move if you realise it was not the best place, or if you really have to.

How much water do potted Ficus Benjamina needs?

Keep in mind that they don’t like overly wet roots. Therefore, when watering, always check the top of the soil first. If the top of the soil is wet, don’t water as this means they have enough moisture. If the top of the soil feels dry to the touch, this indicates that they need water.  Do not water until the soil had dried to a depth of 2-4cm.Under watering or over watering both can cause a Ficus to lose leaves. Improperly watered Ficus may have yellowing leaves and the leaves may curl. If you accidentally let your plant’s soil dry out completely, you may need to soak the plant’s container in the tub for an hour to properly rehydrate the soil. If you have overwatered, root rot may have set in and you will need to treat the plant for that.

What is the right fertilizer for Potted Ficus?

Water-soluble and liquid fertilizers are best for Ficus plants. However, it does not need fertilizers during dormancy and can be harmed by too much fertilizer. They should only be fertilized during the growing season. Start when new growth appears in the spring, and stop feeding at the end of summer. The health of your plant can signify whether it needs fertilizing. Leaves that yellow along the margins or even fall off can indicate a lack of nitrogen. If your plant is getting plenty of bright but indirect sunlight and exposure to warm, humid conditions, but is still having foliage problems, you might need to increase the amount or frequency of its feedings. Use fertilizer once a month from April until September that has to be diluted. October - March should be a rest period without fertilizer. 

(suitable fertilizers available on My Green Chapter General Purpose Fertilizer)

Why is my Ficus Benjamina losing leaves?

The causes for dropping Ficus leaves are many, but when you know what they are, this can help you pin down the reason your Ficus leaves are falling off. When a Ficus Benjamina loses its leaves, this damage often results from an immediate change to a new location. This measure cannot always be avoided, for example in the case of moving to a new house. In this case, you should have a little patience. After a few weeks Ficus will be adjusted to the new place and will balance again the leaf loss. This is, of course, only the case when the new location has to offer the proper lighting and temperature conditions.

Often, you will see Ficus leaves drop when the seasons change. The humidity and temperature in your house also changes at this time and this can cause Ficus plants to lose leaves. If this is affecting your plant, the leaves may be yellow in addition to falling off.

Ficus plants are susceptible to a few pests that can cause falling leaves. If this is the problem, you will need to treat the plant with insecticide like neem oil.

(suitable fertilizers available on My Green Chapter General Neem Guard)



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