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Ficus Benjamina Plant Care

Posted by Hulya Mehmet on

Ficus trees are very easy to care for once they are settled into their new environment. After they adjust to their new home, they will thrive in a spot with bright indirect light and a consistent watering schedule. Happy in virtually any situation that avoids direct blazing sunshine, your Ficus is a beautiful, low-maintenance indoor plant.

 

Light

Place your Ficus Benjamina in bright indirect or filtered light. Avoid bright direct light as it can burn the leaves and cause them to drop.

Water

Allow 75% of the soil to dry between watering. When watering, water thoroughly until water flows into the saucer, then pour out any excess.

Humidity

Your Ficus tree will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.

Temperature

Your Ficus Benjamina will thrive in average temperatures of 15-25 degrees.

Food

Fertilize your Ficus tree once a month in late spring and summer with a general-purpose fertilizer diluted to half strength. You will see new growth during this time. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Toxicity

Ficus Benjamina leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

Additional Care

Ficus are sensitive to changes in their environment. They react to these changes by dropping leaves. If you have just moved your Ficus to a new location, expect some leaves to drop. If it has not been moved, it could be the result of a change in lighting conditions as the season’s change. It may also be reacting to an increase or decrease in its watering frequency.


 

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