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After more than twenty years working in the interior landscape industry, I have found that houseplants are very adaptable as long as changes are made slowly. This even applies to the Weeping Fig, or Ficus tree.

Ficus houseplants care

Ficus Benjamina
House Plant

Weeping Fig trees are often difficult to acclimate because they are quite sensitive to environmental changes. Ficus will often react to changes by dropping most of their still green leaves quite suddenly.

Having cared for hundreds, if not thousands, of Weeping Fig trees over the years, I have found that once you can get them through the initial process of acclimatization, they are one of the easiest indoor plants to care for if they are provided adequate light and proper watering. I will give you a few tips to help them through the "fussy phase" in a bit.

However, on the positive side, if you know that it will most likely happen (some Weeping Fig trees barely lose a leaf), you may be a little more prepared to deal with it when it does happen.

I would have included it on the list of best house plants if it were not for the problems many people have bringing a Ficus tree successfully through its transition to a new and different environment. Even those of us that work in the interior landscape business know what a pain in the fig a Ficus tree can be.

Weeping Fig, or Ficus Benjamina, is the old standard but it is one of the varieties that is more likely to do the shedding that leaves it bare. It is still a great plant but if taking care of a Ficus scares you a little, you might want to try getting hold of a Ficus Lyrata or Ficus Elastica.

Ficus Elastica, Rubber Tree House Plant Care

Rubber Tree Plant
Ficus Elastica

They are usually (but not always) more tolerant of changes and of the lower light often available in the home. They can still do the same as the Ficus Benjamina and leave you with a trunk, some branches and a lot of leaves on the floor.

If you still really want a Ficus you are a brave soul! You need to have a good lighting situation for it, a minimum of 150 footcandles. I have found that Weeping Fig trees always do better under natural light from the sun. Some sunlight through a window is not going to hurt them if they are properly watered.

Watering Weeping Fig

In bright light with some sun, which is what your tree should be in, water the soil thoroughly when it has dried down about 1/4 of its depth. You can occasionally let your Ficus dry a bit more, even almost all the way. With no sun, let the soil dry down 1/2 its depth. Please check out sections on watering your indoor plants and lighting for your houseplants as these most affect your houseplant's health and well being.

Ficus Lyrata House Plant Care

Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ficus Lyrata

If you have a new Ficus and it starts dropping green leaves, it is most likely due to the change in environment. If you have had your tree for awhile, say more than six months, and it has been fine all that time and then it starts dropping green leaves, the cause is likely overwatering. Check your watering habits.

Symptoms of underwatering would be yellow and/or brown leaves dropping (lots of them) and stems may start to wither. Temperatures for your Ficus should ideally be kept between 65° and 85°F, avoiding very cold drafts.

Prune your tree as needed to shape and promote new, beautiful growth. Weeping Fig trees are prone to insects, including scale, mealy bugs, mites and thrips. Always inspect new plants thoroughly before purchase and reject any plant that has distorted growth, discolored growth, new growth that is dying or anything that looks unusual. Check the roots too, if possible. They should be firm and healthy looking.

Helping to Acclimate Your New Ficus Tree - So you bought a nice, healthy Weeping Fig Tree and have brought it home. One thing that can cause this tree to drop green leaves is an environmental change.

Notes on New Ficus Trees

  • Your new Ficus tree most likely came from a plant growers greenhouse very recently. Sometimes they acclimate them under shade cloth, sometimes not. Assume that they did not and provide as similar an environment to that greenhouse environment as you can. Warm temperatures, lots of humidity and moisture and most important, lots of natural light.
  • Do not fertilize your Ficus tree. It should have any needed nutrients already present in the soil, enough to last a year or more.
  • Place your Ficus tree near a large window or in a sunroom.
  • Give it a good watering, allowing excess water to drain away.
  • Reduce the watering frequency slowly. It has been used to being watered frequently while in a greenhouse.

One other thing that I have found to make a noticable difference with acclimating a new Ficus. Immediately thin out some of the branches. Do not cut the main trunk but anywhere there is a lot of foliage, look for any crowding and thin out by cutting back branches to the main stem.

Do this slowly as you don't want to ruin the look of your tree. Your new Ficus tree can no longer support the amount of foliage it had while in that high light greenhouse. So you need to remove some before it falls off on your floor!

When you have finished doing this, and it may take some time to do it correctly, do a little tip pruning. Go around the tree and prune back some of the new growth at the tips of the branches, cutting just above a leaf node. Just a little down the branch, not too far.

That's about it, just be consistent in your watering, slowly changing the amount and frequency of watering as your tree requires. This should help your tree adapt more quickly to its new environment. Good luck with your beautiful new tree!

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