How to grow weeping figs in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300mm wide and deep. Position indoors in a warm, brightly lit spot away from direct sunlight.
  2. Fill chosen pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Plant into pot and water in well. Apply Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food every fortnight from spring to autumn to promote healthy plants with glossy foliage.
  4. Do not overwater. Feel the potting mix, if it feels dry then re-water, if it feels moist then leave watering for another few days.
  5. Re-potting should only be carried out once the plant has become root bound and growth has slowed significantly. Re-potting can stress the plant and cause leaves to drop.

     

Growing tips

  • Dust the leaves regularly by gently brushing them with a feather duster. Dust can clog up the pores of the leaves and make it difficult for the leaves to function.

  • Trim off any brown or dead foliage.

  • Weeping fig sap can cause skin and eye irritation and is toxic if ingested. Keep plants out of reach from children and animals.

    Weeping figs come in a range of types, including dwarf varieties and variegated foliage. They’re also perfect for training into standards or bonsai and can also have their stems braided, too.


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Common Problems & Solutions

Mealy bugs: A whitish substance appears around the trunk and stems. Black sooty mould fungus can also be present.

Solution: Yates Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray

Two spotted mites: Yellow mottling or bronzing of the leaves. Significant distortion of leaf buds. Fine webbing can be seen on heavy infestations.

Solution: 
Yates Nature’s Way Vegie & Herb Spray

Scale: 
Small brown, white, pink or black raised bumps that can be seen on the trunk, stems and foliage. Black sooty mould fungus can also be present. 

Solution: Yates Nature’s Way Citrus & Ornamental Spray

Leaf Drop: 
Some leaf loss is normal, however excessive loss of foliage can be caused by over or under watering, being placed in a spot with too little light, a dry atmosphere or drafts and being moved.

Solution: Adjust watering, humidity and where the plant is located.