Ficus Benjamina

Ficus [Urostigma] Benjamina
Ficus Benjamina
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BOTANICAL SUPER POWERS

Medium to Bright Indirect

The orientation of your window defines where to put your plant so it gets medium to bright indirect sunlight. If your window faces
North, place your plant between 0 and 1 ft away from it.
East or West, put it 1 to 5 ft away.
South, place it between 1 to 10 ft away, as sunlight from the South is the strongest.

Air Purifying

This plant cleans the air from toxins and VOCs like a pro.

Most notably removes: trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, ammonia.

Clean Air Study

NASA tested this plant in a Clean Air study in an attempt to research ways to clean the air in space stations in 1989.

Bacteria-Buster

This plant helps clean the air from bacteria like a pro. Russian scientists tested it in a real room environment.

Purifies: Bacteria A, B, C, D.

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In the Middle East, the figs that grow on its branches in the wild are believed to bring peace and abundance; the seeds found in the fruit represent universal understanding and knowledge.

Plant story

Ficus comes from Latin, fig. The Ficus genus, or fig tree family, has deep spiritual meaning in many traditions and philosophies. Its fruit is often considered sacred. For example, in Islam, there is a sutra named ‘The Fig’ in the Quran. In Jainism, a religion based on the principle of non-violence forbids eating figs because of their sacredness. Adding on, it is said that the Buddha reached bodhi (enlightenment) under a sacred fig tree. In Indonesia, the fig fruit is said to be the link between the physical and the spiritual worlds. The Fig tree also bears spiritual significance for the Kikuyu people, the largest ethnic group in Kenya, for sacrifices to Ngai (their supreme God). And finally, the fig tree is also mentioned in the Torah and the Bible, where it is written that with fig leaves, Adam and Eve covered their special bits.

‘Benjamina’ comes from the Hindi name ‘Benjan.’ It’s the official tree of Bangkok, Thailand. It is also known as the Weeping Fig or small-leaved rubber plant because its leaves look like they are made of rubber.

There are different kinds of Ficus benjamina, so each one will have a different look.

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Place of origin

Asia and Australia

Ficus

This plant comes in different varieties.

Note: the variegated ones (with light green or white foliage) need more light than their dark-leaf siblings.

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Ficus [Urostigma] Benjamina
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Light

MEDIUM TO BRIGHT INDIRECT

Check the direction of your window, then put your plant within the range suggested below.

Within any given range, aim to place the plant as close to the window as possible.

North:
0-1 ft
EAST/WEST:
0-5 ft
SOUTH:
1-10 ft
DISLIKES

Direct sunlight

2

Water

MODERATE DRINKER

Check the moisture of the soil 1/week and water only when 2” of the topsoil is dry.

2' OF THE TOPSOIL IS DRY
DISLIKES

Chemicals in water

Sitting in water

3

Air

TROPICAL

Aim to provide the air conditions your plant would find in its natural habitat.

TEMPERATURE
18-30°C65-85°F
HUMIDITY
HIGH

Mist daily

Use humidifier

DISLIKES

Hot and cold air drafts. Keep away from A/C vents and heaters

Low humidity

4

Soil

HEAVY EATER

Use liquid fertilizer as indicated below from March to September.

FREQUENCY
monthly
NPK FORMULA
10-10-10
DISLIKES

Fertilizing in winter and fall months

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Light

Ficus Benjamina needs MEDIUM TO BRIGHT INDIRECT.

To place your plant in the perfect spot, let’s start with understanding how much light it needs and how much light your place gets. To figure this out, you need to find the direction of your window and measure how far the plant is from it. First, using the compass or map on your phone, see what direction your window faces: North, East, West, or South. Here’s what you need to remember:

  1. South-facing windows make for the brightest spots, then East- and West-facing, and then North-facing.
  2. If the window is in between two directions, use the least sunny direction as a base.
  3. Each window has an optimal proximity range. Here’s where to put your Ficus Benjamina, based on the direction of your window:
    • within 1ft away from North window;
    • within 5ft away from East or West window;
    • between 1-10ft away from South window;

Within this range, the closer your plant is to the window, the more light photons it gets, and the better it thrives.

The Dislikes of Your Alocasia When It Comes To Light

Your
Ficus Benjamina
doesn’t like direct sun rays. They are harsh and can sunburn the plant’s sensitive foliage.

IMAGE DIRECT SUNLIGT

Note: This is a general guideline. Each place is unique, and you know yours best. Is the window view obstructed by the trees and a highrise? Is there a sheer curtain? If so, less light is coming in. Move your plant closer!

Still not sure if your Ficus Benjamina will be thriving in the spot you picked?

Another simple way to define brightness levels is by measuring the intensity of the shadow. That’s particularly helpful if the view is somewhat obstructed and it’s hard to estimate how much light actually sneaks in. Place a sheet of paper on the spot where you’d like to grow a plant. Hold your hand about 1 foot (30cm) above the paper. Now, what do you see?

Ficus Benjamina needs Medium to Bright Indirect.

Water

Ficus Benjamina is a MODERATE DRINKER.

Check your plant regularly, but only water it when it’s thirsty.

Every plant needs a period of drying for the oxygen to get to its roots. Overwatering damages your plant by preventing that process from happening. So how can you know how much water your
Ficus Benjamina
needs? The ideal watering frequency depends on the plant’s drinking habits and how fast the soil dries out in your unique indoor space, so it would be misleading to recommend a fixed schedule. To best meet your plant’s water needs, monitor it, and watch for the signs it’s thirsty.

Here’s how the how to:

Once a week before giving your plant a drink, check the moisture level in the pot by dipping your finger a couple of inches into the soil.


Moderate Drinkers
need to be watered when 2′ of the topsoil is dry.

Another sign your plant is thirsty is when its leaves start drooping. Even if this happens, don’t forget to check the topsoil first and make sure it’s dry before watering the plant.

The dislikes of Your Ficus Benjamina When It Comes To Water

  • Your Ficus Benjamina doesn’t like it when its roots are left sitting in water. They would start to rot and that would irreversibly damage your plant.

What to do: Make sure you always discard the drenched water from the pot or saucer after watering.

  • Ficus Benjamina doesn’t like it when the soil dries out completely.

What to do: Make sure only the topsoil gets dry in between the waterings while deeper down the pot, the soil still retains some moisture. The plant’s roots need to stay in slightly moist (not wet) soil all the time.

Air

Ficus Benjamina comes from a Tropical climate. Aim to provide the air conditions it would find in its natural habitat. At all times, maintain a comfortable room temperature of 65-85°F,18-30°C.


Ficus Benjamina
thrives in high humidity (40-50%) and it will feel best if you mist it daily or use a humidifier. However, it is adaptable and will also tolerate normal humidity(30-40%), so don’t sweat it (get it?).

The Dislikes of Your Ficus Benjamina When It Comes to Air

  • Ficus Benjamina dislikes low humidity. When the air is bone-dry, the pores through which the plant breathes lose most of their moisture, and the plant can’t always counter that through the water that its roots absorb.

What to do:
Your plant will feel best if you mist it a few times a week or place it by a humidifier.

 

 

  • Ficus Benjamina prefers to stay away from cold and hot air drafts.

What to do: During the winter months, keep your Alocasia away from open windows and doors. Don’t put it close to a heater. In summer months make sure you don’t put it right under AC.

Soil

To provide your Ficus Benjamina with the right nutrients, fertilize it from March to September.
It’s a HEAVY eater plant. As a rule of thumb, it should be fertilized once a month.

Liquid fertilizer with NPK formula 10-10-10 (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium) works best for it.

Otherwise, you can use all-purpose indoor plant fertilizer.

Never fertilize your plant during the winter or fall months. It goes through winter dormancy and its appetite naturally slows down.

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