Did you know?: Give your weeping fig light trimmings to maintain its shape, beware of the sticky sap that will ooze from fresh cuts. We recommend wearing gloves.
Origin: Asia and Australia
Growing Pot size: 17cm
Max Growth: 1.5 - 2meters
Toxicity: This plant contains a latex sap that is toxic if ingested and can cause irritation to the skin and eyes. Sap only appears when the plant’s leaves or branches have been damaged.
The Weeping Fig ‘Danita’ Story
The Weeping Fig ‘Danita’ is a member of the Moraceae family (scientific name: Ficus benjamina). The Moraceae family is commonly referred to as the ‘Mulberry’ family, this is the same family that Figs belong to!
The weeping fig is an easy to care for classic houseplant. This weeping fig is adorned with mid-green and creamy gold-edged oval leaves. The golden hue of this variegation brightens up any room. The ‘Danita’ variety distinctly appears more upright compared to some of the other varieties available. While some varieties boast cream or golden variegation the ‘Danita’ has exquisite glossy emerald leaves.
Weeping Figs are exceptional houseplants and can be often found in malls and office buildings. They do well when they are given their own space with lots of bright light. Be mindful that these plants do not like to be moved or stressed by drastically changing conditions. They are famous for throwing a fit and shedding their leaves when they have become stressed. That being said, they are easy to take care of as long as you do not become neglectful.
BBX Top Tip: Create a watering routine early on, this is guaranteed to keep your weeping fig happy! As both under and overwatering are leading causes of rapid leaf loss.
How to Care for the Weeping Fig ‘Danita’
Problem #1: Why is my weeping fig drooping?
It is common for weeping figs to droop or lose their leaves after being moved or re-potted. Ensure they are receiving the correct amount.
Problem #2: How do you revive a weeping fig tree?
If your weeping fig is rapidly losing leaves and leaves are turning yellow or curling inwards. This is a telltale sign of dehydration, breaking a small twig to double check. Sap should immediately begin oozing out from the injured spot. Any delay is confirmation that your weeping fig is dehydrated. For severe cases you may need to submerge the base of the pot in water for 20minutes to rehydrate the soil. Allow the soil to drain off excess water before placing it in a warm bright spot.
Problem #3: How often should you water a weeping fig plant?
Establishing a watering schedule is highly recommended. Check your plant every 5-7 day during the growing period. Only water when the top 5cm -8cm of soil have dried, anything more and you will risk your plant becoming stressed. The solid should remain evenly moist.
Signs of Overwatering: Rapid leaf drop is usually a sign of overwatering.
Common Pests: Spider mites, mealybugs, and fungus gnats