Weeping Fig Tree – The Benjamina is one of the most popular small indoor trees from this genus that grows quite slowly and needs a grower to take particular care of a few needs (lighting, watering, etc.), which is fairly easy, when you know how
The weeping figs natural habitat is within rain forests. There’s the green leaf type and variegated, also miniature sized trees (indoor bonsai), which may only grow up to 3ft tall. A fair few other cultivars exist that have various leaf colors and patterns.
Does not like being disturbed: The F.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. My advice would be to find a spot with the correct lighting (see care information below), 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.
Displaying: A nice bright spot is their preference and somewhere with enough space for height and width growth, ready for when it matures. Large plants look great standing within corners, seated inside a patio or near a fire place (that is being used for decorative purposes). You are likely to have seen these displayed in hotel foyers, in offices or shopping malls. The smaller fig and bonsai types can sit where you find enough room (shelves, table tops) as long as there is enough bright light.
Leaves, branches and trunk: As mentioned above the leaves can be a shiny green, variegated and there’s other culitvars. The pointed leaves when grown indoors are approximately 4 inches long, and slim in width. The branches and leaves arch over and the flexible trunk can grow in a twisted form, similar to a banyan tree and with more than one trunk from the roots. At the end of summer your likely to see some leaves falling which is normal, so do not be worried about this.
Air quality: Most plants improve air quality to some degree. The F. benjamina is particularly good at filtering formaldehyde, xylene and toluene
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