Weeping figs are grown for their
attractive form and foliage. They have smooth, gray bark and shiny, green oval leaves.
Flowers are inconspicuous.
Ficus grows best in bright indirect or
curtain-filtered sunlight. It can handle some direct sun if the humidity is high.
During periods of active growth, keep
the soil evenly moist. The soil should be allowed to dry slightly between waterings during
the winter and other times of low growth. Plants should never be waterlogged or allowed to
sit with water in their saucers. Over watering will cause the lower leaves to fall.
|Pest and Problems:
The plant rarely has problems in the
home. Too much or too little water plus insects and mites are the main problems.
Root rot usually results from a soil mix that does not drain quickly or overly frequent
The most common problem of weeping figs is leaf drop. Weeping figs seem to react
to almost any stress by shedding leaves. Overwatering, underwatering, drafts, lack of
nitrogen and low light are all causes of leaf drop. Weeping figs often shed leaves when moved
to a new location or repotted. If growth conditions are adequate, the weeping fig will
adjust to its new location, stop dropping leaves, and healthy new growth will appear.
Spider mites and scales are frequent pests of ficus. Weeping figs may also be infested by
mealybugs, aphids and thrips.
For use in the house the plant is sold
as a 3ft - 6 ft. dense potted plants. It can grown the way that it is allowed to. If can
also be trimmed to form a topiary.
For ground planting the plant is sold in polly bags of the
height one desires to buy. It can grow into a large 40ft+ tall tree with dense green
Fertilize the plant with general purpose
fertilizer once or twice a month during the growing season.
Plants can be pruned to any shape as
needed. They will even tolerate hard pruning to reduce their size if necessary. Reduce
watering levels to severely pruned plants. The plant can be shaped in the form of a topiary
Propagation can be done by air layering.
The leaves of the plant should be
sponged regularly to free them of accumulated dust. New leaves should be dealt with gently.
Wash ficus leaves occasionally with plain warm water. This can help the leaves "breathe"
and improves their appearance
When planted in the ground the plant can
grow into a large tree. As the plant has dense foliage it can be used to plant where shade
is required to be generated. It can also be used as a feature plant in a landscape by
pruning it to the desired shape.
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