How to Care for a Contorted Fig Plant

Overview

The contorted, or weeping, fig plant (Ficus benjamina) is commonly grown as an indoor tree. In fact, it is one of the most popular houseplants in the United States, loved for its gray bark, graceful shape and small, dark and glossy leaves. The contorted fig is fairly easy to grow if it is not stressed by temperature changes or pests. In most cases, the plant reacts to stress by dropping its leaves. Avoid leaf loss by taking proper care of your contorted fig plant.

Step 1

Place or grow your contorted fig plant in bright but indirect sunlight, such as a location that receives dappled shade, or near a south-facing window.

Step 2

Keep the temperature around your fig fairly regular, with daytime temperatures averaging around 75 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures just a few degrees cooler. Contorted fig plants prefer warm, humid air.

Step 3

Water thoroughly, with a slow, steady stream of water. Let the top layer of soil (about an inch) dry out between waterings. You can test this by inserting the tip of your finger into the soil. Never let your contorted fig plant sit in standing water, and be sure to empty out the drip tray when it fills up if your plant is in a container.

Step 4

Fertilize the plant with a balanced (10-10-10) liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

Step 5

Watch the leaves of the plant for symptoms of poor health. Leaves that turn yellow and drop off mean that the contorted fig is not receiving enough water. Green leaves that fall off signify a lack of light or too much water.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering tool
  • Balanced liquid fertilizer (10-10-10)

References

  • University of Nebraska: Weeping Fig, Ficus benjamina
  • Clemson University: Weeping Fig
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April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.