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The Ficus benjaminait is a well known and appreciated plant for its elegance and resistance to any type of climate. There are many varieties, even with variegated leaves, and it is perfect for decorating apartments and terraces, thanks to its imposing size and the low maintenance it requires.

The Ficus benjamina it can last up to thirty years if grown in optimal conditions, while in southern Italy it can be planted in the open ground, where it becomes a sapling and produces inedible fruit.

36 thoughts on "Ficus beniamino / benjamin"

hello, my 2 plants of ficus lirata have leaves with yellow tips that then dry up and fall off, I thought it was because I had to repot them but since then about 5 weeks have passed and it does not improve: what can I do ?? thanks

Does the earth have to be acidic or alkaline?
thank you

they gave me an adult ficus plant and almost everything has been leafed through. Why?

I think the ficus is a Benjamina variety, it especially needs light
try to place it in the hottest hours of the day in full light if the weather permits it can easily resist up to a temperature of ten degrees you will see that the fall of the leaves should stop

almost all leafed ficus: this ficus lasts about 10 years, withstands total defoliation as it is able to regenerate. The basic treatments are: intense lighting, two doses of water per week in summer and winter, slightly more if it is in a heated environment.
Regarding resistance: it loses its leaves if exposed to drafts. Vulnerable to attack by the red spider if the environment is too dry. He benefits from a temperature that is as stable as possible, and a light shower with room temperature water from time to time to clean it. The plant tends to thin out the leaves in the lower area: you can resort to topping. If the roots come out, repot the plant in spring, with soil consisting of equal parts of universal soil and peat.

Hello, I just bought a ficus benjamin at the supermarket.
It is in a vase, in my opinion, too small, in fact it falls continuously. Can I change his vase or do I have to wait for spring? Thank you. Susanna

The ficus benjamina should be repotted in the juvenile phase (up to 1 meter in height) every year, from April to May, using a pot one or two sizes larger than the previous one. For the already adult ficus benjamin (heights greater than 1 meter) the repotting is carried out every 2-3 years, always in spring, after having extracted the plant with the earthen bread from the pot, replacing part of the soil with the new one.

Hello everyone, I'm new and therefore I don't know if the topic has already been dealt with, I need urgent help regarding my 2 ficus benjamin, which were gigantic until I returned home in October, they are almost 2 meters long. 'one, now they have lost and continue to lose a frightening quantity of leaves, one of the two in particular, they are raised from the ground with saucer on wheels and I bathe them only once a week and with little water, it is normal for them to lose so many leaves?

thanks to all and happy new year aguroni.

The various ficus species need different winter temperatures between them. In the interior spaces the ficus benjamin needs a good brightness and an average temperature between 18 and 25 degrees. Suffers from sudden changes in temperature and cold air currents. During the summer it can be kept outdoors, taking care in this case to avoid returning home too late in the autumn: the change in temperature between the cool external environment and the internal space heated by radiators can easily cause adaptation problems, highlighted from the “massive and rapid” fall of the leaves.
The benjamina should be irrigated regularly, but without exaggerating, in order to keep the substrate always slightly moist on the surface. The frequency of irrigation depends on the seasonal trend: it must however be reduced starting in autumn, even more so in winter. Pay particular attention to stagnant water. It is advisable to spray the foliage, especially during the period of operation of the heating system. Fertilization: regular, once every 20/30 days in spring and autumn, especially for very large specimens.

the problem lies in the static balance and not in what is usually done
change vase without removing old earth

Ficus benjamin in winter - garden

Let's start with a ficus like this:
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He stayed out in the middle of the garden and didn't like the night frosts
I brought it indoors with the leaves practically * cooked *, put in one place
bright and semifreddo (constant 14 °)

This morning I went to check and the leaves are all dry and are
I gave a hand to nature and I removed them all, it was enough to touch them that yes
Now I have a nice ficus only bare branches.

There are hopes that in spring it will behave like a leafy plant
caducous and put them back all new or by now he's dead dead and I have to start
to come up with some excuse to explain to the kind spouse what it can be
died of natural causes and not my laziness for not having done so
in time to hospitalize him?

hear it does not eat apne, then keep it at home
make sure that the earth does not dry out too much but not
it doesn't even water too much because it has no leaves
so no evaporation and wait.

surely if it is not deeply frozen, do it again
new throws in the weeks that follow leave it
recover by yourself then you will see what to do are
painte a cresciat continues so you have hope

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I "hang" here for convenience
(not without having made the two best wishes to the blacksmith
for the plant and for the holidays [TO ALL, by the way!])

At what temperatures do you say that it is better to put some TNT
above the vegetation of the ficus benjamin that I have outside?

Sorry Monica, but isn't it better to keep him at home right now?
I'll explain. suddenly you realize that the temperature is getting
lowering to dangerous levels for your ficus, eg. close to 0 °.
You take the plant and bring it indoors, assuming you have a home as well
not heated and therefore at 14/15 ° you can imagine that thermal shock you give to
your plant? These are the things that I believe should be avoided. Keep it
protected, if anything by placing the pot in a larger container in order to
get an insulating air chamber that you could possibly fill with
polystyrene. The cover on the leaves and branches is an effective protection
but generally a woody plant dies not because some branches have frozen but
because the frost has reached the roots.
Obviously IMO.

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I (in Milan which is colder) keep the ficus at home except in
summer on the other hand I have a decent oleander in the microbalconcino (therefore
woody and accustomed to milder climates) and quite a false jasmine
who have been wintering (freeddo) for years with * a thick layer of
that paper / plastic that is used to pack * the gift baskets
* thickly scattered on the surface of the ground * (the plastic one
cut into very thin strips): so the roots remain repaired
(and so far the branches have never given problems).
best wishes for the ficus, Silvana

I'd put it like Peter says in a bigger pot, with this one
straw-plastic (or with polystyrene) in the cavity and then also with
this straw-plastic on the ground to protect the roots.
sure that. maybe at home it would be better (if you can humidify,
because with the too dry it loses a bit the leaves).
it is a tropical plant, it should not drop to too low temperatures
afaik, nor too dry

Here in the Verona area, oleanders and false jasmines are in the open ground without them
no protection and they spend the winter without any problems.
Maybe in pots they are more delicate, I don't know, but I wouldn't protect either here
oleanders, nor false jasmine.
The climate is similar to that of Milan.

Well, 6 degrees is an acceptable temperature. On the side of the Peninsula
Sorrentina / Amalfitana (for a level playing field) winter temperatures yes
they approach and sometimes drop below zero. Emiliano, who is from
those parts will be able to confirm it especially if you remember November 84
when even whole orange and olive groves exploded due to the frost and yet
the ficus is present in almost every garden and there are many who do
they see on balconies also exposed to the north wind.
Cmq. if you fear that your beloved plant may suffer, isolate the pot as you do
I suggested.The seasons are changing and while a gradual lowering
temperature may not affect the vitality of a plant an abrupt
lowering could damage it.

Eh, I guess not .. in the sense that it is attached to a canopy
from which I find it difficult to move it .. sure it would bother me
even more of having to lose it .. I'll let you know
Meanwhile, I publish the photo on my website / gallery.

I will pee. lucky you.
Anyway I noticed that in the center it is colder than in my area
(Cassia-grottarossa) if you put it in the middle of the garden it is obvious that it is

Thank you (How come you are convinced that I have a Garden?)

P.s. you are invited in spring for a tea on the terrace

Is it only among aunts or are boys invited too?

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Diseases and parasites

Ficuses fear root rot caused by water stagnation.

Sometimes they are attacked by mites and scale insects that are removed manually with cotton wool soaked in alcohol or with home-made pesticides.

Cures and treatments

Periodic checks of the leaves to detect the presence of parasites. Fortnightly cleaning of the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust.

Ficus benjamin: diseases and pests

These plants are particularly prone to attack by parasites, while they are able to resist disease well. In particular, they can be affected by mites, red spider mites, mealybugs is thrips.

It is advisable to regularly check the plant, especially the lower pages of the leaves, where parasites tend to nest, which will begin to show the characteristic yellow dots.

  • To eliminate aphids, you can resort to natural pesticides, friends of plants and the environment (as well as our health).
  • Instead, the spider mite can be eliminated simply by increasing the humidity of the plant, wetting the leaves of the ficus. Lover of dry places, he might find the changed situation not very congenial.
  • Finally, the cochineal can be eliminated with a simple cotton swab dipped in alcohol.


Originally from tropical India, it needs very bright interiors with good humidity, where it can measure up to 5 meters. It needs constant light and heat, but cannot bear direct sunlight and suffers when the temperature drops below 12 ° C.

It is a very useful houseplant because it fights indoor pollution: a medium-sized specimen absorbs 10 micrograms of formaldehyde every hour.

In unsuitable environmental conditions, that is, in the presence of little light, drafts, too much water or a dry environment, it tends to lose its leaves but once the problem is eliminated it quickly recovers.

The Ficus benjaminait needs occasional sprays on the foliage, because they reduce the risk of dryness caused by the lack of environmental humidity. It does not tolerate water stagnation and too much water causes the leaves to turn yellow, so it is necessary to eliminate the stagnant water in the saucer if it has not been absorbed after half an hour. It is a plant that should be watered frequently, at least every 10 days in winter and every 5-7 days in spring-summer.

It is recommended to fertilize every 10 days from April to September and every 20 days in the winter, using a liquid fertilizer for green plants.

Repotting should be done every year with a soil for green plants as long as the plant is small, then it is sufficient to repot it every two three years, carrying out an annual replacement and topping up of the surface soil.

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