Everytime I welcome a new plant into our home, I make sure I research how to look after it, what it likes, what it doesn’t, does it like full sun, will it tolerate shade and what I should feed it? seems like a lot of work doesn’t it? A previous post on the plants in my home… Air Purifying Plants, will explain why Im introducing so much greenery into the house.
I found out that Weeping Fig Trees or the Ficus Benjamina can be very tempremental, for instance, they dont like change, a weeping fig may go into shock when moved from their original position, the change in lighting and humidity can lead to the tree dropping their leaves in order to produce new growth, which means that for a time the plant will look quite bare and sparse. So its advised, that when you do find a spot for your plant, make sure its the right one, even turning it slightly, can lead to the process starting again. Great, just what I need a moody tree!!
I didnt find my new tree at a garden centre, I found it on ebay of all places, the plant had grown so large, that the owners just didnt have the space for it anymore, so I put a bid in and won it for the grand price of 13.00. Ive decided that rescuing plants is my new thing! You’d be amazed how many preloved plants are listed on selling sites. Even the ones that have been neglected can still be brought back with a little attention. This tree would have cost me a bundle had I gone to a garden centre.
The branches have grown quite wildly in all directions and it would definately benefit from a prune, but like I said im dealing with a moody tree, so i’m going to allow her some time to settle in before I start to tidy the shape. The lady we bought it off made us promise to take good care of it, it had been in her home for over 15 years and she’d nurtured it from a tiny plant right upto the 6ft it is now. The tree looks fabulous in its new spot and as yet no tantrum has been thrown and no leaves have been shed, long may it last.