Houseplant of the Week: Ficus benjamina

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Keeping with our ficus theme from last week, we turn our attention to ficus benjamina, also known as the weeping fig or ficus benjy.

Like other ficuses, it features nice thick foliage with dark rich leaves. It needs a bright room and steadily moist soil.

So why does it weep? Well, it doesn’t like being distressed and when it is, it responds by dropping its leaves. But if you put it in a nice bright room and leave it there (it doesn’t like moving around) and don’t overwater it, it should stay calm and beautiful.

On the plus side, this is one of the great houseplants for cleaning your indoor air.