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How To Care For A Weeping Fig Plant

Updated on January 28, 2014
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Kate graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology. She currently resides in Sonoma, California.

Southeast Asia has provided many beautiful houseplants for the delight and decor of the rest of the world and among them is the weeping fig. This plant was introduced as a houseplant only 30 years ago, but has grown immensely in popularity. The fig’s new stem growth can be twisted or braided for a unique appearance and the branches can even be formed into heart shapes. If you enjoy bonsai trees, then this single stem plant is sure to appeal to you.

You have a variety of sizes to choose from. Weeping figs begin small. However, they can grow up to six feet tall, so choosing your new plant’s location before you bring it home will help you select the right size for your space. If the space for your new plant is small, then regular pruning will keep its growth in check. Now that you’ve chosen to add this lush foliage to your home, there are a few things you can do to keep your new plant healthy and strong.

Where to Place your Weeping Fig Plant: Your new plant will require care to keep it green and thriving. Fortunately, the weeping fig is a low-maintenance plant. For at least half of the day, make sure that your new fig has access to direct sunlight. This plant also prefers regular indoor climates, so be careful when opening nearby windows during cooler temperatures. Also, your weeping fig won’t like your home’s heat source, so don’t place it near a vent or fireplace. Additionally, if you intend to place your plant along a wall, then remember to rotate it periodically to keep the growth even.

You can place your weeping fig outside, but keep an eye on the exterior temperatures as the plant may need to be moved indoors when the weather is fussy. You should move your plant inside when the weather dips below 60°F or exceeds 78°F.

Watering: The weeping fig should be watered when the soil is completely dry to the touch and you will need to give your plant enough water so that the root ball is drenched. Also, you don’t want the pot to contain standing water as this can waterlog your fig, so make sure that the water is draining out. Additionally, your plant will thrive when watered with lukewarm water. You may consider purchasing a mist bottle and spraying the leaves twice a day. Furthermore, you can add an all-purpose fertilizer in the soil on a monthly basis to keep the green shiny leaves looking their best.

The plant will need to be potted in soil that drains easily and remember rotting can occur when fertilizer is not washed clean from the plant’s roots. Watch your fig. If you notice leaves dropping off, then something is wrong such as not enough water or temperature problems.

The weeping fig is a low maintenance plant that will brighten your space with its lush green leaves and smooth bark. Keeping your quiet friend watered and fertilized will ensure that you have a happy healthy plant for many years.

See also - How to Care for a Money Tree

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