This Ficus is a magnificent plant that provides an impressive display of gently weeping foliage. Not as hardy as many other members of the fig family, it tends to be more susceptible to root problems, normally caused by over-watering, and is very sensitive to temperature changes. Such problems inevitably result in the plant dropping its leaves, almost overnight. Draughts have a similar effect and should be avoided. The plant prefers to be grown in the body of a room, where the temperature is more constant, although it does like a well-lit position. Avoid excessive sun as this will cause yellowing or scorching ofthe foliage. Young plants may need some support to ensure that they grow as erect as possible, although eventually they should be self-supporting. Occasional trimming can help to maintain the plant’s balance.
Plant type : Foliage plant with erect and slightly weeping habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 100-250cm (39—98in)
Flower : None
Leaf : Oval, pointed, 5-7.5cm (2—3in) long, 4-5cm (1j-2in) wide, green
Temperature : 15 - 20°C (60—68°F)
Aspect/Light : Moderate to well-lit situation
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost spring and summer, allowing to get on drier side before re-watering; water less in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer from May to September
Propagation : Plant 7.5-10cm (3—4in) tip cuttings in seed and cutting compost in mid spring to early summer at 21 -24°C (70—75°F)
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Red spider mite, mealy bug, root mealy bug, scale insect; rapid leaf loss resulting from over-watering or low temperature
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Useful specimen plant to display on floor or low table in most rooms; good in office
Other varieties : F. b. nuda -thinner foliage, F. b. 'Variegata' - variegated foliage