Weeping Fig Tree:  How to Get the Braided Trunk Ficus Benjamina Look

Weeping fig tree (Ficus benjamina) is a classic foliage houseplant which originated in Asia and India.   It is a member of the mulberry (Moraceae) family and is very popular as an indoor container plant in the United States.

It is a graceful vertical plant with arching branches filled with glossy, pointed leaves.

The leaves of the ficus benjaminia may be dark green, and some may be variegated with white or yellow blotches.

As an indoor plant it can grow to 10 feet tall and may become too large for its location.

If the plant becomes too large, drastic pruning or replacing may be necessary.

This handsome plant has great qualities for decorating because of the beautiful variegated foliage, tree-size height and braided trunks which add extra ornamental value. It can be placed in empty corners to give a room a more complete look. A weeping fig tree looks great in kitchens, offices and commercial buildings.

In addition, it has air-cleaning qualities that remove formaldehyde. Your indoor air will become fresher and more breathable with the removal of these toxins. Plus with the added oxygen produced by this trendy indoor tree, your home will be a more healthy and pleasant place to live.

You must wipe the leaves off with a damp cloth occasionally to remove dust and grime. This is necessary to keep the pores open in order for them to breathe and perform better to keep your air clean.

How to Get The Braided Trunk Ficus Look:

Braided Ficus Tree Trunk

1.  Plant three young Ficus benjaminia plants closely together in the center of the same pot. When they are 15 to 18 inches tall, prune off all the side branches.

2.  Starting at the bottom, carefully braid the three stems by loosely crossing the branches over each other until you reach the foliage. Then secure the end of the braid with garden twine, knitting yarn or any soft string.

3.  As the stems grow, they will become thicker and fuse together to form a single sturdy trunk.

How to Care for Your Weeping Fig Tree Ficus Benjaminia


Light:  Prefers moderate to bright, filtered light (near bright east or south window). The leaves are very sensitive to small changes in light when moved and will result in leaf-drop; fortunately, it will recover after proper care.

Temperature:  55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but can tolerate temperatures as low as 40 degrees without damage. Keep plant away from heating vents or cold drafts.

Humidity:  The plant likes high humidity. Mist daily with lukewarm water during warm  months and twice a week during winter when the temperature is over 60 degrees F.

Watering:  water thoroughly, then allow the soil to drain and empty excess water; then allow the top one inch of soil to dry slightly to touch between waterings. A well-draining potting mixture should be used. This is necessary to prevent root rot which can kill your plant.

Fertilizer: All-purpose plant food during the growing season.

Propagation: Propagation can be done by air layering.

Repotting:  Plant likes to be pot bound. Repot when roots protrude from bottom of pot with a well-aerated potting mixture. 

Pests:  Plant may be attacked by scale bugs. If present, scrape them off by hand and dispose. Thoroughly spray both sides of leaves, stems, and soil with insecticidal soap for serious infestations.

With proper care your weeping fig will thrive and remain a vibrant and healthy addition to your home or interior space.

Weeping Fig Tree

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