Turn Your Ficus Benjamina Bush into a Tree - 4 Steps to Become a Pro Gardener

Ficus Benjamina Bush

From the weeping fig to starlight ficus and the more modern ficus elastica or fiddle leaf fig these shrubs have spread massively. You can find one in probably every school, hospital or office in the country. Don’t you like those shiny dark green leaves that have a rubbery look to them? And caring about ficusses is very simple. The plant is so undemanding it is hard to believe that some still opt for the fake silk trees in their interiors.

Get the Maximum Out Of You Ficus

The shrub itself is not picky and is easy to take care of. Even a working person can easily take care of the ficus at home. Plus it gives you plenty of advantages such as great interior decoration, refreshing the room, killing the bacteria and binding harmful chemicals. It is cheap to grow and cultivate.

The giant tropical ficusses growing freely in the wild can reach up to 30 meters high. They are also known for their massive root systems that can grow along the surface and be as long as the crown itself and form beautiful and amazing root systems as they merge with the trunks and branches.

Indoor Ficus Benjamina Needs and Wants

Of course it is simple to look after ficusses in their natural humid tropical climate where they grow into huge trees. If you grow your whipping fig outside then make sure you prune it properly. It can be turned into a tree with a single trunk if you like. Many gardeners in both moderate and tropical climates use it as a green fence. Although note that in sub tropical and drier moderate climates it grows slowly and is unlikely to fructify properly. But you can still get a few small figs if you are lucky.

Step 1.Pick the right spot. Your goal is to provide plenty of sunlight to this evergreen shrub but at the same time to avoid direct sun rays that can burn those luscious rubbery looking green leaves. If there is not enough sunshine you will get a weak tree with very few tiny light green to white leaves.

Step 2.Water it regularly. Things get a bit tricky here as you can only use the clean lukewarm soft distilled water. Do not use tap water. Keep it away from the lime water as well. The roots cannot stand salts so you have to take the pot outside and flush the salts out about once or twice per year.

Step 3.This shrub cannot tolerate draughts and cold climate. The best temperatures vary between 25 and 15 C during the day and the night respectively. Provide it with the regular care with no water supply fluctuations or temperature drops as those can kill this tropical beauty.

Step 4.Indoor plants need pruning as well. Cut off every two leaves for the new six to eight leaves if you want to get as much leafing as possible. The plant has lots of cultivars and is very tolerant towards pruning so you can give it any shape you like. Ficusses make wonderful bonsai trees as well.

Now you see why these shrubs have been so popular with gardeners. There are no major disadvantages to growing this plant no matter how experienced you are. Everyone can enjoy its beautiful lush green leaves shining in the sun. All you need is to give it a try.