Variegated Weeping Fig
I'm the Variegated Weeping Fig but you may know me as the ficus tree. I'm great for beginning plant parents because of how low-maintenance I am. I am also one of the best plants for cleaning your air which makes me perfect for a home, office, or wherever you want to take me. I am very versatile and will grow to the size of my space. I am a fast grower so I am a great choice for someone looking to fill an empty corner.
Difficulty Level: easy to care for
Light Needed: bright indirect light
Water: keep the soil steadily moist
Plant Traits: air purifying, easy to care for
The Variegated Weeping Fig has dense, glossy leaves that are oval-shaped and pointed and fill up slender branches. The leaves are variegated with shades of dark green, light green, and creamy white which make it a great statement plant. The trunk is long and flexible, making a beautiful statement when you braid together multiples trunks. It will grow to the size of the space you provide, typically about 3' to 6' tall indoors. In its natural habitat this plant can reach heights of up to 60' tall but it is typically grown as a houseplant. This ficus is a top choice if you're looking for a plant to clean and purify the air in your home.
Botanical Name: Ficus benjamina 'Variegata'
Nicknames: Variegated Weeping Fig, Benjamin Fig, Ficus Tree, Indian Rubber Plant
Plant Type: Evergreen tree
Native To: Southeast Asia, Northern Australia
Mature Size: 3' to 6' tall indoors
Leaf Color: Dark green, light green, and creamy yellow
Leaf Shape: Oval and pointed
Growing Season: Spring and summer
Favorite Rooms: Bedroom, living room, office
Health Benefits: Improves air quality by removing air toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylen
Grow Pot Size: 6" wide x 5" tall
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BIODEGRADABLE GROW POT
Our biodegradable grow pots are made of 50% sphagnum peat, wood fiber and lime to adjust the pH. The peat content provides a combination of superior root penetration, good drainage and aeration whilst the wood fibers strengthen the pot.
Designed for easy transplant. They are 100% compostable and approved for organic production. Simply place the entire biodegradable pot into your planter and the roots of your plant will soon grow through and decompose the pot.
ECO-FRIENDLY ROOT POUCH
Our recycled & semi-degradable eco-friendly fabric bags are made from a mix all natural fibers and recycled plastic water bottles saved from landfills. The breathable fabric allows for your plants to stay cool in the summer and provides good drainage to avoid overwatering. They provide a healthy environment for your plant to grow by pruning the roots and creating dense, healthy root structures.
These fabric bags are washable and recyclable. It will take 1-2 years for the bags to semi degrade. Use your fabric bag as a decorative planter and remove from the bag when it is time to repot. This planter is designed by Root Pouch.
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This ficus will need a bright location with plenty of indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sun but avoid sun that is too harsh.
Keep the plant evenly moist but not soaking with water or it will develop root rot. Keep a consistent watering schedule. Over or under watering may cause the leaves to drop. Water about once a week and reduce watering to every 10-14 days in late fall and winter.
This plant can tolerate temperatures between 65°F - 85°F and less than 50°F should be avoided. It is native to a tropical climates so high humidity is a necessity. Misting the leaves during the summer is recommend and consider also using a humidifier.
The weeping fig will grow to be about 3' - 6' tall indoors. Fertilize your plant heavily during spring and summer and stop feeding during fall or winter. It is a heavy feeder so fertilize once a month during the growing season.
This is a fast growing plant but it does not mind being a little bit root bound. It is actually finicky about moving spaces, so only repot every few years when necessary. It is only recommend to repot annually only if conditions are right, it may grow slower if less light and water is being provided. When repotting, choose a pot one size larger and provide rich, well-draining soil.
This plant can be propagated through cuttings during the summertime. With sharp scissors, take a 3"-5" cutting from any branch that has at least a few leaves on it and place it in a pot with peat moss. Keep the cutting in a humid location with bright, indirect light and moist soil and you will see roots form within a month. After 6-8 weeks, repot the cutting into potting mix.
All parts of the plant are toxic to pets and may cause irritation if ingested.