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A Helpful Guide to Growing a Ficus Tree


Most people think only one type of Ficus tree exists but in truth, this particular tree comes in a variety of shapes and sizes based on the specific variety.  For instance, a few of the more popular options include the Amstel King, Indigo, Midnight, Monique, and Wiandi.  Regardless of the type of Ficus tree chose, you will love the beauty of the foliage, which can enhance the appearance of any room.

For a household plant, the most popular type of Ficus tree is the Benjamina.  While beautiful and a favorite choice, unfortunately, this particular type of Ficus can be challenging to grow.  This tree is also called the “weeping fig” because the branches naturally weep or droop.  One of the problems associated with this tree is that the leaves fall off easily.  However, once you understand the reasons the leaves fall off, proper adjustments can be made so the problem is non-existent.

Most people think this type of Ficus tree is weak or delicate because of the weeping, falling leaves but in truth, it is quite strong and hardy.  Generally, when you bring a Ficus tree of this type home and suddenly, the perfect tree you saw in the nursery or store now looks pathetic, it is because the tree is acclimating to its new environment.  This means it is now becoming accustomed to the new environment of temperature and light.

In addition, the Benjamina Ficus tree also drops leaves because it has not been watered enough.  Usually, watering the plant will immediately bring it back to life.  This is always important but especially during the summer, which is considered the “dry season”.  While most people think something has gone horribly wrong, in most cases, the falling or dropping of leaves is nothing serious.

To grow a Ficus tree, you want to make sure it is planted in a container that would support the current root size but also offer additional room as the plant gets bigger.  In addition, the tree needs rich,  healthy soil that needs to be mildly moist.  Just make sure the Ficus tree is not overly watered, which could lead to root rot that can kill the plant.

It is also important that any Ficus tree you choose have as much sunlight possible.  Therefore, when you decide to purchase this type of plant, make sure you have a location that would provide a lot of sunlight.  While this would be near a window, just make sure the Ficus tree is not being subjected to cold or wind.

Sadly, many people will pass buying a Ficus tree because of all the horror stories but with a little care and a few simple tips, your tree would flourish.  Once the tree has settled into its new home and cared for properly, you would have a thick, beautiful addition to the home.



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