Weeping Ficus Plant Care


The weeping ficus, or weeping fig, commonly enjoyed as a houseplant, may be potted as a little bush or a larger indoor tree. Known for its shiny, green leaves, light gray rind and sloping limbs, the weeping ficus can be distinctively styled using ornamental pruning. Use a few gardening items to take care of your own weeping ficus plant so it stays in good health.

Step 1

Provide a well-draining soil prevent root rot. Commercial potting soils work best.

Step 2

Place your weeping ficus in indirect light. If high humidity is present, the weeping ficus will tolerate more direct sunshine.

Step 3

Keep the ficus plant in warmer temperatures--75 to 85 degrees F. during the day and 65 to 70 degrees F. at night.

Step 4

Remove harmful insects such as spider mites and scales by spraying an organic insecticidal soap on the tops and bottoms of the foliage.

Step 5

Water your plant so the soil remains moist but not drenched. In winter and low-growth phases, allow the soil to almost dry out before hydrating the ficus.

Step 6

Cleanse the foliage of the ficus with warm water occasionally. Not only does this maintain the plant's appearance, it improves air circulation around the leaves.

Step 7

Apply a general-purpose fertilizer during periods of ficus growth. Feed your plant according to directions on the package.

Step 8

Trim the weeping ficus with pruning shears as you prefer.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial potting soil
  • Insecticidal soap
  • Water
  • General-purpose fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • Clemson University: Weeping Fig
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Weeping Fig, Ficus benjamina
  • North Dakota State University: Questions on Ficus

Who Can Help

  • University of Missouri Extension: Caring for Houseplants
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Jenny Glass has been writing professionally since 2001 and is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, she has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" and runs her own art glass business.