9 Tips For Growing Ficus Benjamina Indoor

Weeping figs (Ficus benjamina) grow throughout southeast Asia and northern Australia. In areas with below-30℉ outside temperatures, many people plant weeping ficus trees indoors.

In nature, ficus receives sunlight through the leaf canopies of taller trees. Indoor ficus trees thrive under filtered or indirect sunlight.

1 - Provide Filtered Light

Heat suits ficus plants from tropical Asia and Australia. Ficus thrives at 75°F–85°F. Low temperatures below 65°F cause leaf cold damage. 

2 – Constant Temperature

Regular, moderate watering helps ficus trees grow indoors. Nutrient-rich potting mix should always be wet. When the top soil dries, water the plant. A weekly schedule works.

3 – Consistent Watering Schedule

Certainly, ficus are jungle plants. They like humidity. Summer humidity is rarely an issue. In winter, humidity causes problems inside homes.

4 – Humid Environment

The soil you plant your ficus tree in matters. A rich, nutrient-dense potting mix is best for ficus trees. Make sure your mix has good drainage to avoid waterlogging and root rot. 

5 – Right Potting Mix

Ficus trees rarely need pruning. A springtime annual removal of dead branches and cutting back aggressive growth is enough to keep your tree's size and shape.

6 – Prune Only When Necessary

Weeping figs are notorious for losing leaves. Growing a ficus tree indoors is easy, but you need a permanent site.

7 – Avoid Moving the Tree 

Aphids, mealybugs, scale, and spider mites attack ficus trees. If you have other houseplants, start a management regimen immediately if you discover any of the above insects or mites.

8 – Quickly Act on Pest 

I always find dust on my indoor ficus tree. And cat fur. The last cat I owned was two years ago! Whatever, dust on houseplants is bad. Dust removal must be done safely.

9 – Wipe Dust Off Leave

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