Ficus benjamina Danielle (Weeping Fig) is an evergreen shrub or tree with drooping branches. It has glossy, rich, dark green leaves. It is perfect for a corner in the home or office. The flowers and fruits enclosed in a fleshy sac turning from green to orange-red to red and then purplish black. Weeping Fig is particularly good at filtering formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
Scientific Name: Ficus benjamina Danielle
Common Name: Weeping Fig
How to grow and maintain Ficus benjamina Danielle (Weeping Fig):
It thrives best in bright, indirect light but can tolerate some light shade. Direct sunlight may scorch the leaves.
It grows well in a rich, well-draining potting soil that contains sand, peat moss, and a little bark.
It prefers ideal temperatures of 16°C – 24°C / 65°F – 75°F. Try not to allow temperatures to decrease lower than 50°f / 10°c
The plant likes high humidity. Mist daily with lukewarm water during warm months and twice a week during winter when the temperature is over 60°F.
Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter months, reduce watering.
Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer with a balanced plant food diluted to half the recommended strength. Avoid fertilizing when it is not in active growth, usually in winter.
It can be easily propagated by stem cuttings or by air-layering.
The best time to prune is in the late summer or early fall after a ficus tree has stopped growing for the year. You can prune dead or broken branches at any time during the year. Trim to maintain shape, but be aware that sticky latex will ooze from the ends of the cut stems. This can be an irritant, therefore wash your hands if any comes into contact with your skin.
Pests and Diseases:
Weeping Fig is susceptible to houseplant pests such as spider mites, scale, and Mealy Bugs. Spraying your ficus with the green solution.