The 4 Main Ways of Using Ficus Benjamina Fruit

Ficus Benjamina Fruit

The weeping fig also known as ficus benjamina is very common in the households due to its ability to tolerate poor living conditions. It is undemanding and easy to cultivate. Its ability to disinfect and purify the air makes it very useful for families. It is the outdoor plants that grow in the humid tropical climate provide their owners with delicious figs. Growing ficusses is a great hobby and if you are lucky enough to have it yield than you get the double amount of fun.

To have a better understanding of how the ficus benjamina fruit looks see the attached pictures. Flowers are very small and understated.

How to Look After the Ficus Benjamina?

In the tropical climate which is native for the ficusses these trees grow into huge banyans and require no care at all. They only require containment as the trunks growing outdoors might get too big. We have collected the basic and yet the most important ficus benjamina care tips for you, read on how to provide this shrub with proper care and attention:

  • Repot it every second spring as the plant grows rapidly.
  • Water it once the soil surface gets dry. Usually the outdoor plants require more water as they grow more rapidly.
  • Use distilled water rather than the tap water. Make sure it has a low salt content.
  • It is useful to wash out the salt from the pot soil. To flush the salts out take the plant outside and fill the pot with water allowing it to drain down for a few times.
  • Fertilize over the active growth period weekly to once in two weeks. Use half the amount recommended on the fertilizer package.
  • Provide it with as much sunlight as possible avoiding direct rays that can burn the tree. Ficusses can tolerate very little sunlight but become very anemic with springy pale leaves.

A little bit of practice and you will master the plant care with us. Come back to these tips whenever you need a professional advice on ficusses growing.

Weeping Fig Fruitage

The plant produces medium sized fruit, usually the tree fructifies on the second to third year and only in the humid tropical climate. Thought you might notice an occasional fig on the trees growing outside in the subtropical climate as well. Figs form twice a year and can create a messy problem in countries native to the ficus benjamina as they create a mess on the ground.

Flowers and fruit are imperceptible and small. They are edible. As the tree yields it attracts bats, fruit doves and imperial pigeons. If you are lucky enough to have your ficus benjamina fructify we have a few advices on how to incorporate figs in your diet:

  1. Eat them fresh off the tree. Rinse them with the tap water and dry with the paper towel.
  2. Dry them. Cut them in half and load them into the dryer. It preserves all the vitamins and the sweetness.
  3. Incorporate them in your porridge or yogurt. Both fresh and dry figs will do.
  4. Use them in baked goodies.

Think about it. What can be better then serving your family and friends with home grown organic figs of your own? But make sure there is enough for everyone as they are delicious.