Ficus benjamina

Weeping fig

  • Botanical name: Ficus benjamina
  • Common name: Weeping fig
  • Family: Moraceae
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, House plant
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Weeping fig, Ficus benjamina, is one of the most elegant indoor plants. Its graceful weeping branches bear glossy dark green or variegated leaves. It’s ideal for growing in a well-lit room or conservatory.


For best results grow Ficus benjamina in a loam-based compost in full light, but not direct sun. From spring to summer feed every two weeks with a balanced liquid fertiliser and then sparingly in winter.


The sap of fig plants can be irritating to the skin and cause a severe reaction in hypersensitive people and pets.

How to grow Ficus benjamina

  • Plant size

    2m height

    1.5m spread

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Ficus benjamina and wildlife

Ficus benjamina has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Ficus benjamina poisonous?

Ficus benjamina irritates eyes and irritates skin. Its sap is toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

Plants that go well with Ficus benjamina