The Weeping Fig, Ficus Benjamina
Max. Height: 151cm |
☘ Origin: Tropics of East Asia
☘ Family: Moraceae
☘ Botanical Name: Ficus Benjamina
☘ Common Name(s): Weeping Fig · Benjamin Fig · Tropical Laurel
It is seen as the tree of peace and abundance in the Middle East. It represents unity and universal understanding and knowledge. Large wild figs are holy in East Asia: the Buddha gained enlightenment under such tree. And in Indonesia weeping figs are seen as the link between the human and spirit worlds.
Weeping Fig: It's the official tree in Bangkok in which its branches grow downwards like willows. There are times where the branches and stems have grown downwards to the point where it touches the aerial roots. Hence, it's called the Weeping Fig.
In Feng Shui, Ficus is considered as a good luck plant.
Green tree of dreams with a rich history. Ficus Benjamina has been getting along with humans very well for centuries. As a houseplant it’s a loyal companion that will grow alongside you for years.
☘ Ficus Benjamina is a member of the same Ficus group that was part of NASA Clean Air Study and it was found very effective in improving indoor air quality by removing formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
☘ The weeping fig is a very effective air purifier. It can increase the humidity of the room which is beneficial for the skin and for breathing.
☘ Planting a weeping fig at the front door or near a window can make the air in your house more fresh and natural.
☘ Moreover, its soil needs are not demanding. It survives easily as long as the soil is fertile and well drained.