Ficus Benjamina Braid (Weeping Fig Braid)
Weeping fig is the most popular indoor tree from the Moraceae family. Its branches droop downward from woody stems, covered with glossy, pointed 2-4 in (5-10 cm) leaves which become darker green as the plant ages.
These ficus trees are slow-growing, but can grow to 10 ft indoors. Dwarf varieties only reach 3 ft (90 cm) tall. You can prune tall branches to control the plant's height. Some Ficus species are popular to grow as bonsai trees.
Origin: Southeast Asia and Northern Australia
Height: Up to 10 ft (3 m); dwarf cultivars will reach about 3 ft (90 cm).
Light: Bright, indirect light year-round. Trees that don't grow much, are dropping leaves, or lose their variegation, probably aren't getting enough light.
Water: Water thoroughly, then allow to dry out slightly between waterings. This plant will not tolerate soggy soil. Keep soil slightly drier in winter, when light levels are lower and growth is slower. Yellow leaves are a symptom of overwatering.
Humidity: Moderate to high. If the relative humidity drops below 40%, you'll want to raise the humidity for your plant; the most efficient way is with a cool-mist room humidifier.
Temperature: Average to warm room temperatures (65-85°F/18-29°C). Weeping fig will tolerate a minimum of 50°F/10°C. Keep your plant away from drafts and heat/AC vents.
Soil: Soilless potting mix or any that drains well.
Fertilizer: Feed once a month spring through fall with a balanced liquid or water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half. Or drop time-release fertilizer granules on top of the potting medium before watering. Don't feed weeping fig in winter when growth is slower.
Propagation: Take tip cuttings in spring.