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Ficus benjamina
Also known as : Benjamin fig, Benjamina ficus
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is an evergreen tree native to Asia and Australia. It is one of the most popular houseplants in the world, known for its elegant, glossy leaves. However, people with allergies should avoid weeping fig, considering that it is a major source of indoor allergens. All parts of the plant are poisonous except the fruits.
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The weeping fig should be watered regularly between spring and fall during the active growing season. Overwatering and underwatering can cause the leaves of this species to drop to the ground. It should be planted in a well-draining pot and the soil should be allowed to partially dry out between watering.
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The weeping fig is considered a heavy feeder and needs fertilizer during the active growing season between spring and fall. A balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer or a 3-1-2 nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium formulated fertilizer may be used to feed this species. This species should be fed once a month at least during the growing season and may be fertilized more frequently.
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Trim the dead, diseased, overgrown branches in winter.
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What is the best way to water my Weeping fig?
Your Weeping fig will not be too picky about how you choose to water it. As such, you can use just about any common watering tool to moisten this plant’s soil. Watering cans, hoses, and even cups will work just fine when it is time to water your Weeping fig. Regardless of which watering tool you use, you should typically apply the water directly to the soil. In doing so, you should ensure that you moisten all soil areas equally to give all parts of the root system the water it needs. It can help to use filtered water, as tap water can contain particles that are harmful to plants. It is also beneficial to use water that is at or slightly above room temperature, as colder or hotter water can be somewhat shocking to the Weeping fig. However, the Weeping fig usually responds well to any kind of water you give it.
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What should I do if I water my Weeping fig too much or too little?
For outdoor plants, especially newly planted plants or plant seedlings, they can be prone to lack of watering. Remember that you need to keep watering enough for a few months when the tree is small or just planted. This is because once the roots are established, Weeping fig can rely on rain most of the time.
When your Weeping fig is planted in pots, overwatering is often more likely to.When you accidentally overwater your Weeping fig, you should be prepared to remedy the situation immediately. First, you should stop watering your plant right away to minimize the effect of your overwatering. After, you should consider removing your Weeping fig from its pot to inspect its roots. If you find that none of the roots have developed root rot, it may be permissible to return your plant to its container. If you do discover signs of root rot, then you should trim away any roots that have been affected. You may also want to apply a fungicide to prevent further damage. Lastly, you should repot your Weeping fig in soil that is well-draining. In the case of an underwatered Weeping fig, simply water this plant more frequently.
Underwatering is often an easy fix. If you underwater, the plant's leaves will tend to droop and dry out and fall off, and the leaves will quickly return to fullness after sufficient watering. Please correct your watering frequency as soon as underwatering occurs.
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How often should I water my Weeping fig?
Most plants that grow naturally outdoors can be allowed to grow normally with rainfall. If your area lacks rainfall, consider giving your plants adequate watering every 2 weeks during the spring and fall. More frequent watering is needed in summer. In winter, when growth becomes slower and plants need less water, water more sparingly. Throughout the winter, you may not give it additional watering at all. If your Weeping fig is young or newly planted, then you should water more frequently to help it establish, and mature and grow up to have more adaptable and drought tolerant plants.
For potted plants, there are two main ways that you can determine how often to water your Weeping fig. The first way is to set a predetermined watering schedule. If you choose this route, you should plan to water this plant about once every week or once every other week. However, this approach may not always work as it does not consider the unique conditions of the growing environment for your Weeping fig .
Your watering frequency can also change depending on the season. For instance, a predetermined watering schedule will likely not suffice during summer when this plant's water needs are highest. An alternative route is to set your watering frequency based on soil moisture. Typically, it is best to wait until the first two to four inches of soil, usually ⅓ to ½ depth of the pots, have dried out entirely before you give more water.
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How much water does my Weeping fig need?
When it comes time to water your Weeping fig, you may be surprised to find that this plant does not always need a high volume of water. Instead, if only a few inches of soil have dried since your last watering, you can support healthy growth in the Weeping fig by giving it about five to ten ounces of water every time you water. You can also decide your water volume based on soil moisture. As mentioned above, you should note how many inches of soil have dried out between waterings. A surefire way to make sure your Weeping fig gets the moisture it needs is to supply enough water to moisten all the soil layers that became dry since the last time you watered. If more than half of the soil has become dry, you should consider giving more water than usual. In those cases, continue adding water until you see excess water draining from your pot’s drainage holes.
If your Weeping fig is planted in an area that gets plenty of rain outdoors, it may not need additional watering. When the Weeping fig is young or just getting established, make sure it gets 1-2 inches of rain per week. As it continues to grow and establish, it can survive entirely on rainwater and only when the weather is hot and there is no rainfall at all for 2-3 weeks, then consider giving your Weeping fig a full watering to prevent them from suffering stress.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Weeping fig enough?
Overwatering is a far more common problem for the Weeping fig, and there are several signs you should look for when this occurs. Generally, an overwatered Weeping fig will have yellowing leaves and may even drop some leaves. Also, overwatering can cause the overall structure of your plant to shrivel and may also promote root rot. On the other hand, an underwatered Weeping fig will also begin to wilt. It may also display leaves that are brown or brittle to the touch. Whether you see signs of overwatering or underwatering, you should be prepared to intervene and restore the health of your Weeping fig.
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How can I water my Weeping fig at different growth stages?
When the Weeping fig is very young, such as when it is in a seedling stage, you will need to give it more water than you would if it were at a mature age. During the early stages of this plant’s life, it is important to keep the soil consistently moist to encourage root development. The same is true for any Weeping fig that you have transplanted to a new growing location. Also, the Weeping fig can develop showy flowers and fruits when you give them the correct care. If your Weeping fig is in a flowering or fruiting phase, you will likely need to give a bit more water than you usually would to support these plant structures.
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How can I water my Weeping fig through the seasons?
The seasonal changes will affect how often you water your Weeping fig. Mainly, during the hottest summer months, you will likely need to increase how much you water this plant, especially if it grows in an area that receives ample sunlight. Strong summer sunlight can cause soil to dry out much faster than usual, meaning that you’ll need to water more frequently. By contrast, your Weeping fig will need much less water during the winter, as it will not be in an active growing phase. During winter, you can get by with watering once every 2 to 3 weeks or sometimes not at all. For those growing this plant indoors, you should be somewhat wary of appliances such as air conditioners, which can cause your plant to dry out more quickly, which also calls for more frequent watering.
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What's the difference between watering my Weeping fig indoors vs outdoors?
In some cases, your Weeping fig may not need any supplemental watering when it grows outside and will survive on rainwater alone. However, if you live in an area of little to no rain, you should water this plant about every two weeks. If you belong to the group of people who live out of this plant's natural hardiness zone, you should grow it indoors. In an indoor setting, you should monitor your plant's soil as it can dry out more quickly when it is in a container or when it is exposed to HVAC units such as air conditioners. Those drying factors will lead you to water this plant a bit more often than if you grew it outdoors.
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Attributes of Weeping fig

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Perennial
Plant Type
Tree
Planting Time
All year around
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall
Harvest Time
Late summer, Early fall
Plant Height
7 m to 30 m
Spread
1.5 m
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Green
Purple
Red
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Black
Fruit Color
Red
Black
Orange
Green
Burgundy
Purple
Lavender
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Green
Brown
Dormancy
Non-dormant
Leaf type
Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
20 - 38 ℃
Growth Rate
Moderate

Name story

Weeping fig
It is 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. Furthermore, fig is originated from the genus name, ficus referring to the meaning of fig tree. Hence, it is called the weeping fig.

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Peace, unity, devotion, abundance

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Environmental Protection Value
Weeping fig can resist harmful gases and smoke.
Garden Use
Weeping fig is an evergreen tree or shrub commonly found in tropical gardens and landscapes. It is prized for its drooping, varicolored leaves. It is used for boundaries and hedging due to its dense foliage which provides privacy. As an ornamental, weeping fig may be utilized a barrier or border. Its dense growth coverage makes it difficult for companion plants to survive.

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Leaf spot
Leaf spot is a harmful disease that severely affects Weeping fig, causing discoloration, defoliation, and lesions on leaves. Triggers include fungal pathogens, moisture conditions, and improper care, which can lead to weakened vitality or even plant death if untreated.
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Brown blotch
Brown spot is a common disease affecting the Weeping fig, leading to cosmetic damage and, in severe cases, plant death. Uneven brown spots, leaf yellowing, and defoliation characterize the disease, caused by the Cercospora fungi, often pervasive during warm, wet months.
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Wilting
Wilting is a common disease affecting Weeping fig, causing the plant to lose firmness and droop due to inadequate water supply, pests, or damage from too much sunlight. Swift treatment can save the plant but lack of action may result in death.
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Leaf veins yellowing
Leaf veins yellowing is a plant disease that affects Weeping fig's vibrant foliage, altering the leaf color from lush green to a fading yellow. This disorder leads to poor aesthetics and overall health of the plant. It is largely due to nutrient deficiencies, particularly nitrogen, or pathogen attacks.
Leaf blight
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Leaf blight
Leaf blight is a common fungal disease affecting Weeping fig, causing leaves to brown and eventually fall off. If left untreated, it can substantially reduce the plant's vitality and aesthetic appearance.
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This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Solutions: In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary. Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
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What is Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
Leaf spot is a harmful disease that severely affects Weeping fig, causing discoloration, defoliation, and lesions on leaves. Triggers include fungal pathogens, moisture conditions, and improper care, which can lead to weakened vitality or even plant death if untreated.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
On Weeping fig, Leaf spot manifests as tiny, dark, irregularly shaped spots on leaves. As it progresses, these spots enlarge, leaves yellow, wilt, and eventually fall off, causing sparse foliage.
What Causes Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
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Fungal pathogens
Fungal organisms like Alternaria, Cercospora cause this disease.
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Moisture
Wet conditions, especially stagnant water on leaves, breed fungal spores.
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Improper care
Insufficient sunlight, poor air circulation, and overwatering might exacerbate the issue.
How to Treat Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
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Pruning: Regular pruning promotes air circulation, reducing fungal growth.

Sanitary measures: Dispose of affected leaves and avoid water splashing to minimize spread.
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Fungicide application: Use approved fungicides appropriate for Weeping fig, like copper-based sprays or neem oil.
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What is Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
Brown spot is a common disease affecting the Weeping fig, leading to cosmetic damage and, in severe cases, plant death. Uneven brown spots, leaf yellowing, and defoliation characterize the disease, caused by the Cercospora fungi, often pervasive during warm, wet months.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Weeping fig infected with Brown spot typically show uneven, brown or yellow spots on their leaves. The fungus might cause leaves to yellow, wilt, and potentially drop. In severe cases, it can cause stunted growth.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
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Weather conditions
The disease thrives in warm, wet or high humidity conditions.
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Under-watering
Lack of regular, adequate watering can invite this disease.
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Fungal Pathogen
Brown spot is primarily caused by the fungus Cercospora.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
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Regular Watering: Ensuring Weeping fig receives abundance of water helps to ward off the disease.

Quarantine: Isolating infected plants prevents the spread of the disease.

Pruning: Removal of infected parts can control the disease's progression.
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Fungicides: Application of systemic or contact fungicides can control the disease. Always follow label instructions.

Anti-fungal sprays: Regular sprays with mild, non-harmful anti-fungal compounds could assuage the disease symptoms.
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What is Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
Wilting is a common disease affecting Weeping fig, causing the plant to lose firmness and droop due to inadequate water supply, pests, or damage from too much sunlight. Swift treatment can save the plant but lack of action may result in death.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Wilting in Weeping fig results in drooping, and soft limp leaves. Over time, severe discoloration, browning around the edges, and leaf drop may occur. Infected plants also display slowed growth and dead or dying branches.
What Causes Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
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Inadequate water
Weeping fig requires a consistent watering cycle.
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Overexposure to sunlight
Too much direct sunlight can burn and dehydrate the plant.
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Pests
Such as aphids and mealybugs can damage tissue and cause wilting.
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
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Water adjustment: Regulate watering and ensure soil has good drainage to prevent waterlogged roots.

Location Adjustment: Move the plant to a location with indirect sunlight to prevent burns and dehydration.
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Pesticide application: Use an insecticidal soap or a neem oil spray to control pest infestations.
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What is Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
Leaf veins yellowing is a plant disease that affects Weeping fig's vibrant foliage, altering the leaf color from lush green to a fading yellow. This disorder leads to poor aesthetics and overall health of the plant. It is largely due to nutrient deficiencies, particularly nitrogen, or pathogen attacks.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Weeping fig shows symptoms like yellowing of leaf veins, leaf drop, and stunted growth. Additionally, the contrast between the green leaf and the yellow veins becomes more pronounced. The overall health and aesthetics of Weeping fig take a hit.
What Causes Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
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Nutrient deficiency
Leaf veins yellowing in Weeping fig often results from a lack of essential nutrients, most notably nitrogen.
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Pathogen attack
Several pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi may infect Weeping fig, causing yellowing of leaf veins.
How to Treat Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
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Regular feeding: Supplying Weeping fig with a balanced fertilizer ensures it receives adequate nutrients, thus preventing yellowing.

Proper watering: Weeping fig prefers well-drained soil. Avoid water-logging as it hinders nutrient absorption, worsening the yellowing.
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Fungicidal Sprays: Chemical treatments help control fungal-related yellowing. Always follow instructions on the product label.

Systemic Insecticides: These can help control pests, ultimately preventing potential leaf yellowing.
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What is Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
Leaf blight is a common fungal disease affecting Weeping fig, causing leaves to brown and eventually fall off. If left untreated, it can substantially reduce the plant's vitality and aesthetic appearance.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Major symptoms on Weeping fig include small water-soaked blisters on leaves developing into brown, necrotic spots, followed by premature leaf drop. Advanced cases may display twig dieback.
What Causes Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
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Fungi
Certain fungi, including species from the Xanthomonas and Botrytis genera, are responsible for causing leaf blight.
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Environmental Conditions
Warm, humid conditions, coupled with poor airflow around the plant, promote fungal growth.
How to Treat Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
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Pruning: Regular pruning of infected areas can limit the spread.

Improved airflow: Ensuring better air circulation around the plant can discourages fungal growth.
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Fungicidal spray: Application of suitable fungicides targeted at leaf blight can control the disease effectively.

Systemic fungicides: These get absorbed by the plant's system providing prolonged protection.
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This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
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Discolored spots on the foliage of plants are one of the most common disease problems people observe. These spots are caused by fungal and bacterial diseases, with most infections related to a fungal pathogen.
Brown spot can occurs on all houseplants, flowering ornamentals, vegetable plants, and leaves of trees, bushes, and shrubs. No plants are resistant to it, and the problem is worse in warm, wet environments. It can occur at any point in the life stage as long as leaves are present.
Small brownish spots appear on the foliage and enlarge as the disease progresses. In severe cases, the plant or tree is weakened when the lesions interrupt photosynthesis or cause defoliation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
In most cases, brown spot only affects a small percentage of the whole plant, appearing on a small amount of the leaves. A small infection only puts minor stress on the plant. However, if left untreated and the disease progresses over numerous seasons, it will severely impact the health and productivity of the infected specimen.
  • Sporulation begins (reproduction of the fungal spores), and tiny spots appear on leaves.
  • Placement is often random and scattered as diseases are spread through raindrops.
  • May appear on lower leaves and the interior of the plant where humidity is higher.
  • Brown spots enlarge and grow large enough to touch neighboring spots to form a more prominent blotch.
  • Leaf margins may turn yellow.
  • Tiny black dots (fruiting bodies of the fungi) appear in the dead spots.
  • Blotches grow in size until the entire leaf is brown.
  • The leaf falls off the plant.
Severe Symptoms
  • Partial or complete premature defoliation
  • Reduced growth
  • Increased susceptibility to pests and other diseases
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Brown spot, or leaf spot, is a common descriptive term given to several diseases affecting the leaves of plants and trees. Around 85% of diseases exhibiting leaf spots are due to fungus or fungus-like organisms. Sometimes brown spot is caused by a bacterial infection, or insect activity with similar symptoms.
When conditions are warm and the leaf surfaces are wet, fungal spores being transported by wind or rain land on the surface and cling to it. They do not rupture the cell walls but grow in the space between the plant plasma membrane and the plant cell wall. As the spores reproduce, they release toxins and enzymes that cause necrotic spots (i.e., dead tissue) on the leaves, allowing the fungi to consume the products released when the cells degrade.
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Toxic to Dogs
Toxic to Dogs
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is mildly to moderately toxic to dogs. Skin contact with any part of the plant can cause rash and irritation. If ingested, excessive drooling, irritation of the mouth and throat, and vomiting may occur. The leaves and fruit can be quite appealing to your dog, so be careful around this popular plant.
Toxic to Cats
Toxic to Cats
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is moderately toxic to cats, regardless of which part of the plant is ingested. Extra care should be taken to avoid the leaves that this species is prone to dropping. Merely touching the plant may cause dermatitis, whereas ingestion will cause vomiting and oral irritation. Veterinary care should be sought if necessary.
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Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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It’s better to kill those growing around your house. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages, and do not let your pets reach it;Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you take your pets to hike with you in the wild, please don’t let them eat any plants that you don’t know;
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Some pets are less likely than children to eat and touch just about everything. This is good, as a pet owner. However, you know your pet best, and it is up to you to keep them safe. There are plenty of poisonous weeds that can grow within the confines of your lawn, which might make your dogs or cats ill or worse if they eat them. Try to have an idea of what toxic plants grow in your area and keep them under control and your pets away from them.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
Tend
Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Everyone should keep the following in mind to prevent being poisoned:
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Do not eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
2
If you need to kill it, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
3
Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
4
Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
5
Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
6
Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages;
7
Wear properly when you hiking or working in the wilderness. Long pants, long sleeves, gloves, hiking shoes, etc., that protect you from being hurt by any plants;
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Once you or your family aren’t feeling well after eating, touching or inhaling anything from toxic plants, please call your doctor for help ASAP!
Outdoor Workers
Outdoor Workers and Recreationalists
Those who enjoy the outdoors either as a hobby or as part of their work will rarely see a plant and decide to munch on it (although the scenario is not unheard of). However, they do tend to deal with moving through and brushing aside plants. These people are more at risk of being poisoned by touching toxic plants than by ingesting them.
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Foragers
Foragers
Foraging for food and medicinal plants is a desirable skill among people who want to feel at one with the land. This hobby can be very useful and enjoyable, but if done wrong , it can lead to disastrous effects. People who forage are picking and grabbing plants with the full intention of using those plants, most of the time to ingest them.
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Children
Children
While outdoor workers are more likely to touch poison and foragers are more likely to ingest poison, children can easily do both. These bundles of joy just love to run around and explore the world. They enjoy touching things and occasionally shoving random stuff in their mouth; this is a terrible combination with toxic plants in the mix.
If you let your children run about, it is important to know what are the local toxic plants that they could accidentally get into. Try to educate the children and steer them away from where the toxic plants are located.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

aloe
Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
Tend
Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
tend2
If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Distribution of Weeping fig

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Weeping fig is native to Asia and Australia and has been naturalized in the West Indies, some small Pacific islands, and in the United States. Its preferred ecosystem is hot jungle with some humidity and rainfall.
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Every 1-2 weeks
Weeping fig comes from regions in Southeast Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. It is commonly found in tropical rainforests and coastal areas with high levels of humidity. The plant's native environment indicates its preference for consistently moist soil, but with good drainage. It is important to water weeping fig regularly to mimic these conditions, ensuring the soil remains damp but not waterlogged. This will promote healthy growth and prevent the plant from drying out.
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Lighting
Partial sun
The weeping fig prefers to grow in a location where it is exposed to light for some of the day but also enjoys occasional shade. While it can withstand constant exposure to light or continual shade, either condition may impact its heath, revealing as either leaf burn from overexposure or stunted growth from light deprivation. Borne from habitat where light levels fluctuate, a balance is key for optimum growth.
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Temperature
0 - 43 ℃
The weeping fig prefers a temperature range of 68 to 100℉ (20 to 38℃), which is consistent with its native growth environment in tropical and subtropical regions. It can tolerate slight temperature fluctuations, but sudden changes can lead to leaf drop. During the winter, it is important to avoid placing it near cold drafts or in temperatures below 50℉ (10℃).
Temp for Healthy Growth
Transplant
10-15 feet
For weeping fig, the ideal time for transplanting is mid-spring to late spring, or mid-fall to late fall. This ensures optimal root establishment in a well-draining location with indirect sunlight. Remember to be gentle with the roots during transplant for a successful process!
Transplant Techniques
Overwinter
0 - 43 ℃
Weeping fig is a tropical native resilient to relatively stable conditions, often not tolerating temperatures below 50°F. With no inherent winter adaptations, weeping fig struggles in chillier climates. Gardeners should maintain a consistent indoor temperature while adjusting for lower light levels. Water generously, but avoid waterlogging the roots - crisp, yellow leaves may signal overwatering. A gentle misting can replicate weeping fig's humid natural habitat.
Winter Techniques
Pruning
Winter
A popular indoor tree with glossy leaves and a graceful weeping habit, weeping fig thrives with proper pruning. Key techniques include removing dead or overgrown branches to maintain shape and promote health. Best pruned in winter to minimize stress, timely trimming also encourages lush foliage. Care should be taken not to over-prune, as this can lead to leaf loss. Pruning yields a tidier appearance and can facilitate size management for indoor spaces.
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Leaf spot
Leaf spot is a harmful disease that severely affects Weeping fig, causing discoloration, defoliation, and lesions on leaves. Triggers include fungal pathogens, moisture conditions, and improper care, which can lead to weakened vitality or even plant death if untreated.
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Brown blotch
Brown spot is a common disease affecting the Weeping fig, leading to cosmetic damage and, in severe cases, plant death. Uneven brown spots, leaf yellowing, and defoliation characterize the disease, caused by the Cercospora fungi, often pervasive during warm, wet months.
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Wilting
Wilting is a common disease affecting Weeping fig, causing the plant to lose firmness and droop due to inadequate water supply, pests, or damage from too much sunlight. Swift treatment can save the plant but lack of action may result in death.
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Leaf veins yellowing
Leaf veins yellowing is a plant disease that affects Weeping fig's vibrant foliage, altering the leaf color from lush green to a fading yellow. This disorder leads to poor aesthetics and overall health of the plant. It is largely due to nutrient deficiencies, particularly nitrogen, or pathogen attacks.
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Leaf blight
Leaf blight is a common fungal disease affecting Weeping fig, causing leaves to brown and eventually fall off. If left untreated, it can substantially reduce the plant's vitality and aesthetic appearance.
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Toxic to Pets
When injured, weeping fig exudes a milky sap, which can cause skin irritation and is toxic to humans and animals.
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Feng shui direction
East
Weeping fig is considered auspicious in Feng Shui due to its versatile nature and gracefully arching branches. When placed in the East-facing direction, it promotes harmony and balance, as East signifies growth, new beginnings, and family connections. Be mindful of its location to ensure positive energy flow throughout your space.
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Also known as: Benjamin fig, Benjamina ficus
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is an evergreen tree native to Asia and Australia. It is one of the most popular houseplants in the world, known for its elegant, glossy leaves. However, people with allergies should avoid weeping fig, considering that it is a major source of indoor allergens. All parts of the plant are poisonous except the fruits.
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Attributes of Weeping fig

Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
Tree
Planting Time
All year around
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall
Harvest Time
Late summer, Early fall
Plant Height
7 m to 30 m
Spread
1.5 m
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Green
Purple
Red
Orange
Black
Fruit Color
Red
Black
Orange
Green
Burgundy
Purple
Lavender
Stem Color
Green
Brown
Dormancy
Non-dormant
Leaf type
Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
20 - 38 ℃
Growth Rate
Moderate
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Weeping fig
It is 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. Furthermore, fig is originated from the genus name, ficus referring to the meaning of fig tree. Hence, it is called the weeping fig.

Symbolism

Peace, unity, devotion, abundance

Usages

Environmental Protection Value
Weeping fig can resist harmful gases and smoke.
Garden Use
Weeping fig is an evergreen tree or shrub commonly found in tropical gardens and landscapes. It is prized for its drooping, varicolored leaves. It is used for boundaries and hedging due to its dense foliage which provides privacy. As an ornamental, weeping fig may be utilized a barrier or border. Its dense growth coverage makes it difficult for companion plants to survive.

Scientific Classification of Weeping fig

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Leaf spot
Leaf spot Leaf spot Leaf spot
Leaf spot is a harmful disease that severely affects Weeping fig, causing discoloration, defoliation, and lesions on leaves. Triggers include fungal pathogens, moisture conditions, and improper care, which can lead to weakened vitality or even plant death if untreated.
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Brown blotch
Brown blotch Brown blotch Brown blotch
Brown spot is a common disease affecting the Weeping fig, leading to cosmetic damage and, in severe cases, plant death. Uneven brown spots, leaf yellowing, and defoliation characterize the disease, caused by the Cercospora fungi, often pervasive during warm, wet months.
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Wilting
Wilting Wilting Wilting
Wilting is a common disease affecting Weeping fig, causing the plant to lose firmness and droop due to inadequate water supply, pests, or damage from too much sunlight. Swift treatment can save the plant but lack of action may result in death.
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Leaf veins yellowing
Leaf veins yellowing Leaf veins yellowing Leaf veins yellowing
Leaf veins yellowing is a plant disease that affects Weeping fig's vibrant foliage, altering the leaf color from lush green to a fading yellow. This disorder leads to poor aesthetics and overall health of the plant. It is largely due to nutrient deficiencies, particularly nitrogen, or pathogen attacks.
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Leaf blight
Leaf blight Leaf blight Leaf blight
Leaf blight is a common fungal disease affecting Weeping fig, causing leaves to brown and eventually fall off. If left untreated, it can substantially reduce the plant's vitality and aesthetic appearance.
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Brown spot
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This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Solutions: In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary. Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
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Leaf spot
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What is Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
Leaf spot is a harmful disease that severely affects Weeping fig, causing discoloration, defoliation, and lesions on leaves. Triggers include fungal pathogens, moisture conditions, and improper care, which can lead to weakened vitality or even plant death if untreated.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
On Weeping fig, Leaf spot manifests as tiny, dark, irregularly shaped spots on leaves. As it progresses, these spots enlarge, leaves yellow, wilt, and eventually fall off, causing sparse foliage.
What Causes Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
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Fungal pathogens
Fungal organisms like Alternaria, Cercospora cause this disease.
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Moisture
Wet conditions, especially stagnant water on leaves, breed fungal spores.
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Improper care
Insufficient sunlight, poor air circulation, and overwatering might exacerbate the issue.
How to Treat Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Leaf spot Disease on Weeping fig?
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Pruning: Regular pruning promotes air circulation, reducing fungal growth.

Sanitary measures: Dispose of affected leaves and avoid water splashing to minimize spread.
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Fungicide application: Use approved fungicides appropriate for Weeping fig, like copper-based sprays or neem oil.
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Brown blotch
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What is Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
Brown spot is a common disease affecting the Weeping fig, leading to cosmetic damage and, in severe cases, plant death. Uneven brown spots, leaf yellowing, and defoliation characterize the disease, caused by the Cercospora fungi, often pervasive during warm, wet months.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Weeping fig infected with Brown spot typically show uneven, brown or yellow spots on their leaves. The fungus might cause leaves to yellow, wilt, and potentially drop. In severe cases, it can cause stunted growth.
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
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Weather conditions
The disease thrives in warm, wet or high humidity conditions.
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Under-watering
Lack of regular, adequate watering can invite this disease.
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Fungal Pathogen
Brown spot is primarily caused by the fungus Cercospora.
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Brown blotch Disease on Weeping fig?
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Non pesticide
Regular Watering: Ensuring Weeping fig receives abundance of water helps to ward off the disease.

Quarantine: Isolating infected plants prevents the spread of the disease.

Pruning: Removal of infected parts can control the disease's progression.
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Fungicides: Application of systemic or contact fungicides can control the disease. Always follow label instructions.

Anti-fungal sprays: Regular sprays with mild, non-harmful anti-fungal compounds could assuage the disease symptoms.
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Wilting
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What is Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
Wilting is a common disease affecting Weeping fig, causing the plant to lose firmness and droop due to inadequate water supply, pests, or damage from too much sunlight. Swift treatment can save the plant but lack of action may result in death.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Wilting in Weeping fig results in drooping, and soft limp leaves. Over time, severe discoloration, browning around the edges, and leaf drop may occur. Infected plants also display slowed growth and dead or dying branches.
What Causes Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
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Inadequate water
Weeping fig requires a consistent watering cycle.
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Overexposure to sunlight
Too much direct sunlight can burn and dehydrate the plant.
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Pests
Such as aphids and mealybugs can damage tissue and cause wilting.
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Wilting Disease on Weeping fig?
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Non pesticide
Water adjustment: Regulate watering and ensure soil has good drainage to prevent waterlogged roots.

Location Adjustment: Move the plant to a location with indirect sunlight to prevent burns and dehydration.
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Pesticide application: Use an insecticidal soap or a neem oil spray to control pest infestations.
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Leaf veins yellowing
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What is Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
Leaf veins yellowing is a plant disease that affects Weeping fig's vibrant foliage, altering the leaf color from lush green to a fading yellow. This disorder leads to poor aesthetics and overall health of the plant. It is largely due to nutrient deficiencies, particularly nitrogen, or pathogen attacks.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Weeping fig shows symptoms like yellowing of leaf veins, leaf drop, and stunted growth. Additionally, the contrast between the green leaf and the yellow veins becomes more pronounced. The overall health and aesthetics of Weeping fig take a hit.
What Causes Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
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Nutrient deficiency
Leaf veins yellowing in Weeping fig often results from a lack of essential nutrients, most notably nitrogen.
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Pathogen attack
Several pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi may infect Weeping fig, causing yellowing of leaf veins.
How to Treat Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Leaf veins yellowing Disease on Weeping fig?
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Non pesticide
Regular feeding: Supplying Weeping fig with a balanced fertilizer ensures it receives adequate nutrients, thus preventing yellowing.

Proper watering: Weeping fig prefers well-drained soil. Avoid water-logging as it hinders nutrient absorption, worsening the yellowing.
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Pesticide
Fungicidal Sprays: Chemical treatments help control fungal-related yellowing. Always follow instructions on the product label.

Systemic Insecticides: These can help control pests, ultimately preventing potential leaf yellowing.
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Leaf blight
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What is Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
What is Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
Leaf blight is a common fungal disease affecting Weeping fig, causing leaves to brown and eventually fall off. If left untreated, it can substantially reduce the plant's vitality and aesthetic appearance.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Major symptoms on Weeping fig include small water-soaked blisters on leaves developing into brown, necrotic spots, followed by premature leaf drop. Advanced cases may display twig dieback.
What Causes Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
What Causes Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
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Fungi
Certain fungi, including species from the Xanthomonas and Botrytis genera, are responsible for causing leaf blight.
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Environmental Conditions
Warm, humid conditions, coupled with poor airflow around the plant, promote fungal growth.
How to Treat Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
How to Treat Leaf blight Disease on Weeping fig?
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Non pesticide
Pruning: Regular pruning of infected areas can limit the spread.

Improved airflow: Ensuring better air circulation around the plant can discourages fungal growth.
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Pesticide
Fungicidal spray: Application of suitable fungicides targeted at leaf blight can control the disease effectively.

Systemic fungicides: These get absorbed by the plant's system providing prolonged protection.
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Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
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Discolored spots on the foliage of plants are one of the most common disease problems people observe. These spots are caused by fungal and bacterial diseases, with most infections related to a fungal pathogen.
Brown spot can occurs on all houseplants, flowering ornamentals, vegetable plants, and leaves of trees, bushes, and shrubs. No plants are resistant to it, and the problem is worse in warm, wet environments. It can occur at any point in the life stage as long as leaves are present.
Small brownish spots appear on the foliage and enlarge as the disease progresses. In severe cases, the plant or tree is weakened when the lesions interrupt photosynthesis or cause defoliation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
In most cases, brown spot only affects a small percentage of the whole plant, appearing on a small amount of the leaves. A small infection only puts minor stress on the plant. However, if left untreated and the disease progresses over numerous seasons, it will severely impact the health and productivity of the infected specimen.
  • Sporulation begins (reproduction of the fungal spores), and tiny spots appear on leaves.
  • Placement is often random and scattered as diseases are spread through raindrops.
  • May appear on lower leaves and the interior of the plant where humidity is higher.
  • Brown spots enlarge and grow large enough to touch neighboring spots to form a more prominent blotch.
  • Leaf margins may turn yellow.
  • Tiny black dots (fruiting bodies of the fungi) appear in the dead spots.
  • Blotches grow in size until the entire leaf is brown.
  • The leaf falls off the plant.
Severe Symptoms
  • Partial or complete premature defoliation
  • Reduced growth
  • Increased susceptibility to pests and other diseases
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Brown spot, or leaf spot, is a common descriptive term given to several diseases affecting the leaves of plants and trees. Around 85% of diseases exhibiting leaf spots are due to fungus or fungus-like organisms. Sometimes brown spot is caused by a bacterial infection, or insect activity with similar symptoms.
When conditions are warm and the leaf surfaces are wet, fungal spores being transported by wind or rain land on the surface and cling to it. They do not rupture the cell walls but grow in the space between the plant plasma membrane and the plant cell wall. As the spores reproduce, they release toxins and enzymes that cause necrotic spots (i.e., dead tissue) on the leaves, allowing the fungi to consume the products released when the cells degrade.
Solutions
Solutions
In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary.
Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading.
  1. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear.
  2. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread.
  3. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
Prevention
Prevention
Like many other diseases, it is easier to prevent brown spot than cure it, and this is done through cultural practices.
  • Clear fall leaves from the ground before winter to minimize places where fungi and bacteria can overwinter.
  • Maintain good air movement between plants through proper plant spacing.
  • Increase air circulation through the center of plants through pruning.
  • Thoroughly clean all pruning tools after working with diseased plants.
  • Never dispose of disease plant material in a compost pile.
  • Avoid overhead watering to keep moisture off of the foliage.
  • Keep plants healthy by providing adequate sunlight, water, and fertilizer.
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Weeping fig and Their Toxicity

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* The judgment on toxicity and danger is for reference only. We DO NOT GUARANTEE any accuracy of such judgment. Therefore, you SHALL NOT rely on such judgment. It is IMPORTANT TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE in advance when necessary.
Toxic to Dogs
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is mildly to moderately toxic to dogs. Skin contact with any part of the plant can cause rash and irritation. If ingested, excessive drooling, irritation of the mouth and throat, and vomiting may occur. The leaves and fruit can be quite appealing to your dog, so be careful around this popular plant.
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Toxic to Cats
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is moderately toxic to cats, regardless of which part of the plant is ingested. Extra care should be taken to avoid the leaves that this species is prone to dropping. Merely touching the plant may cause dermatitis, whereas ingestion will cause vomiting and oral irritation. Veterinary care should be sought if necessary.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Your pets like cats and dogs can be poisoned by them as well!
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Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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It’s better to kill those growing around your house. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages, and do not let your pets reach it;Do not let your lovely pets eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you take your pets to hike with you in the wild, please don’t let them eat any plants that you don’t know;
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Once your pets eat, touch or inhale anything from toxic plants and act abnormally, please call the doctors for help ASAP!
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Pets
Some pets are less likely than children to eat and touch just about everything. This is good, as a pet owner. However, you know your pet best, and it is up to you to keep them safe. There are plenty of poisonous weeds that can grow within the confines of your lawn, which might make your dogs or cats ill or worse if they eat them. Try to have an idea of what toxic plants grow in your area and keep them under control and your pets away from them.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

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Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
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Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Who Is Most at Risk of Plant Poisoning?
Everyone should keep the following in mind to prevent being poisoned:
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Do not eat any parts, nor contact with the sap of toxic or unknown plants;
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If you need to kill it, wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and gloves with sharp tools to dig it out completely;
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Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or soap and water but do not do that with bare hands;
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Clean your hands and skin once exposed to plants with soap and water;
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Consider using barrier creams that contain bentoquatam to prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes;
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Dump it in special trash cans in sealed garbage packages;
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Wear properly when you hiking or working in the wilderness. Long pants, long sleeves, gloves, hiking shoes, etc., that protect you from being hurt by any plants;
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Once you or your family aren’t feeling well after eating, touching or inhaling anything from toxic plants, please call your doctor for help ASAP!
Outdoor Workers
Outdoor Workers and Recreationalists
Those who enjoy the outdoors either as a hobby or as part of their work will rarely see a plant and decide to munch on it (although the scenario is not unheard of). However, they do tend to deal with moving through and brushing aside plants. These people are more at risk of being poisoned by touching toxic plants than by ingesting them.
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Foragers
Foragers
Foraging for food and medicinal plants is a desirable skill among people who want to feel at one with the land. This hobby can be very useful and enjoyable, but if done wrong , it can lead to disastrous effects. People who forage are picking and grabbing plants with the full intention of using those plants, most of the time to ingest them.
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Children
Children
While outdoor workers are more likely to touch poison and foragers are more likely to ingest poison, children can easily do both. These bundles of joy just love to run around and explore the world. They enjoy touching things and occasionally shoving random stuff in their mouth; this is a terrible combination with toxic plants in the mix.
If you let your children run about, it is important to know what are the local toxic plants that they could accidentally get into. Try to educate the children and steer them away from where the toxic plants are located.
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Common Toxic Houseplants
Common Toxic Houseplants
When it comes to decorating a house, there is nothing more refreshing than adding some beautiful houseplants. Some common house plants can also be toxic.

Aloe

aloe
Aloe is famous for its sunburn-soothing properties and its gorgeous desert design. However, many people do not realize that the latex the aloe vera plant produces can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

The latex contains a chemical compound known as saponin. Which when ingested, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood sugar. This, if left unchecked, can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. The proper response is to contact poison control or a veterinarian to know what to do in your particular circumstance if either your child or pet consumes aloe.

The latex of the plant is similar to the sap of the tree. It is inside the leaf, but sticks mainly toward the edges. If aloe gel is prepared properly it should be safe for use, but be sure to apply it only topically when treating burns.

Philodendron

Philodendron
Philodendron, also known as sweetheart vine, has become a resident at many houses and even businesses. They are glossy green and the leaves elegantly split, displaying interesting designs. Behind this beauty there is a needle-like toxin called calcium oxalate crystals.

These crystals are held within the plant and only affect you, your pets, or your loved ones if the plant tissue is broken. If ingested, the crystals can cause severe swelling, difficulty breathing, stomach pain, burning and pain. If they are accidentally caught on the skin, they can cause skin irritation.

If anyone accidentally ingests philodendron and they find it difficult to breathe or their tongue starts to swell up, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid suffocation. If you have very young children or pets who have a tendency to tear at plants, keep them away from any philodendrons.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily
Peace lilies produce stunningly white flowers that bring to mind peace and serenity. This is one reason they are invited into our homes and given a place to stay. However, similar to philodendrons, the peace lily contains oxalate crystals known as raphides.

The raphides, once ingested, will cause swelling and burning sensations and can also cause skin irritation. Both pets and humans can get these symptoms so it is important to keep these plants from anyone who is likely to tear or chew it. Symptoms can become dire if the raphides cause the tongue and throat to swell to a point where the person or pet is having difficulty breathing. Seek proper medical attention if this is the case.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant
The snake plant is an interesting and popular house plant. Its stark architecture and wavy coloring has made it a fan favorite. This plant too, however, is toxic when ingested or if the sap touches your skin.

Snake plant sap will cause rashes if it comes into contact with your skin. In addition, it will cause diarrhea and vomiting when ingested. Again these symptoms are very serious and would be best avoided by keeping snake plants out of reach or by choosing a different houseplant.
Common Toxic Garden Plants
Common Toxic Garden Plants

Daffodil

Daffodil
Daffodils are a strikingly colorful flower. This can sometimes bring them much attention not from just onlooking adults but children as well. Since kids are more drawn to colorful objects, they may have a higher chance of just grabbing the flower and eating it. Adults have also been known to accidentally grab daffodil bulbs instead of onions.

Why are these mistakes so dangerous? Daffodils contain lycorine, which can induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also contains oxalates which can cause swelling and pain. The symptoms can be worse in animals, because if your pets eat daffodils they may experience drowsiness, low blood pressure or even liver damage.

Make sure to call poison control when these symptoms set in. The vomiting and diarrhea have been known to go away after 3 hours, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Ingesting liquids to keep hydration up can be important. If the patient is having difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are unique, with their soft blue and pink flowers. They are a great addition to any garden, but should not be snacked on—not that you would want to. Hydrangeas can be especially nasty because they contain compounds known as glycosides. These will release hydrogen cyanide into the bloodstream when consumed. This will block your body’s ability to uptake oxygen to the cells in your body.

The way to combat this kind of poisoning is through getting IVs from the vet or doctor. It is important to contact your medical professional immediately since the symptoms can be fatal within minutes or hours.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, is also toxic. The multitudinous, pink flowers can be quite dangerous. All parts of this plant are toxic, the leaves and seeds more so than the flowers. However, even the nectar of the flower is toxic and in the Mediterranean, where rhododendrons grow in more dense quantities, the honey from bees who gather rhododendron nectar can be poisonous.

Normally kids and pets do not eat enough to experience the full poisoning effect. However, just eating two leaves is enough to be considered dangerous. The grayanotoxin glycosides within the rhododendron can cause vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heartbeats. Things can get very serious when too much rhododendron is consumed and can lead to necessary medical intervention.

Start by calling poison control first if you suspect anyone has been munching on rhododendrons. The experts there will be able to help guide you through the necessary processes to cure your loved one.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb
Yummy rhubarb has a nasty side to it. While the stems are used in many recipes, including for rhubarb strawberry pie, the leaves are toxic. They contain oxalic acid which is known to blister the mouth, cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and kidney stones. The leaves are known to be more toxic to pets than humans, but in either case, it is important to contact poison control immediately to figure out necessary steps to cure the patient.
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard
Common Toxic Weeds in the Yard

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade
Nightshade is an invasive, noxious weed that is extremely poisonous. It has been found along the East and West Coast of the U.S. It makes its home in areas with disturbed soil. This could be near your garden or areas that have recently had bushes/trees put in.

These plants are dark green with purple flowers that develop into bright red berries. The whole plant is toxic and should be avoided by pets and children alike. If ingested it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The colorful berries are especially enticing to young children. If you see any plants that look similar to tomato or pepper plants that you did not plant in your yard, it is best to just pull them immediately.

Call poison control immediately if you think someone has fallen victim to nightshade.

Buttercups

Buttercups
Buttercups are found throughout the United States, especially in wet areas. The shiny, yellow flowers will pop up in the springtime, accompanying their dandelion friends. However, unlike dandelions, buttercups are not edible.

Buttercups will release a compound called protoanemonin. This toxin is known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, hypersalivation, depression, blisters, and more. These symptoms will affect both humans and animals. The sap may also cause irritation when it comes into contact with skin. These yellow flowers are dangerous and children should be observed cautiously when around them.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves
Foxgloves are beautiful plants that build towers out of vivid purple bell-shaped blossoms. They are very pretty to look at, but they contain a compound known as digoxin. This chemical is used in certain medicines to help people with certain heart conditions. However, the medicine is made by specialists, whereas someone eating foxgloves will receive unregulated amounts of the chemical.

This toxin can make you vomit and lower your heartbeat. This often causes dizziness and faintness. It is extremely important to call poison control immediately to know what to do in the case of foxglove poisoning. Some people have confused the young leaves of foxglove with borage, making adult foragers at risk as well as kids and pets.
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
How to Tend to or Get Rid of Toxic Plants
Now that you know where to start with toxic plant identification, let us discuss how to either tend to the poisonous plants you decide to keep or get rid of them that plague your yard.

How to Tend to Poisonous Plants

Many plants that are toxic when ingested are also skin irritants. The philodendron is a good example of this. When the sap comes into contact with skin, it can cause a rash to form. To help protect yourself when tending to toxic plants, it is important to wear some sort of gloves.
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Latex gloves may be the best solution due to their disposability. Regular gloves could potentially keep the poisonous sap on their surface. If the gloves aren’t cleaned then you could accidentally touch the irritant or pass it to someone else.

In addition you will want to plan where to keep your deadly beauties. If you have a toxic indoor plant try to keep it up high or out of reach of children and pets. This will keep accidents few and far between. Another idea is keeping your plants in areas that are usually inaccessible to children or pets. Areas such as an office, study room, or guest bedroom could be good locations. If applicable, you could also set up a terrarium for your little plant baby, making it more difficult for curious hands or paws to access.
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If you plan to have outdoor plants, location will be key. You will want to put plants in an area that will be inaccessible to children, pets and even wild animals. You will probably want to avoid planting the plants in the front of your house if kids walk by on a regular basis, just to be cautious. Having the plants behind a fence will be best, but use your discretion when choosing a spot.

How to Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

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The easiest but possibly most controversial way to get rid of poisonous plants is by using herbicides. This can be especially easy if you own a grass lawn and use an herbicide that targets broadleaf (non-grass) species. You can find many herbicides meant for yard use by simply searching the term online. Once you have purchased the herbicide you will want to make sure to follow the label posted on the container. If you follow the instructions precisely, then everything should run smoothly for you.

If you don’t plan on using herbicides, there are a few organic methods you can use to try to get rid of toxic plants. You can manually pull the plants out of the ground. This is probably one of the most difficult methods because there is no assurance that you will get the whole plant out this way.

You can also try pouring boiling hot water or spraying white vinegar on the target plants. This may take more time than using a synthetic herbicide, but you can feel a little better about using these products.

You can also try to use wood chips to cover a certain area where you do not want anything to grow. This will not stop all the weeds, but the few that make it through can be easily picked by hand.
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Weeping fig is native to Asia and Australia and has been naturalized in the West Indies, some small Pacific islands, and in the United States. Its preferred ecosystem is hot jungle with some humidity and rainfall.
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Weeping Fig Watering Instructions
Weeping fig comes from regions in Southeast Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. It is commonly found in tropical rainforests and coastal areas with high levels of humidity. The plant's native environment indicates its preference for consistently moist soil, but with good drainage. It is important to water weeping fig regularly to mimic these conditions, ensuring the soil remains damp but not waterlogged. This will promote healthy growth and prevent the plant from drying out.
When Should I Water My Weeping Fig?
importance of timely watering
Timely watering is crucial for the overall health and growth of weeping fig. It not only helps in transferring nutrients from the soil to its various parts but also aids in photosynthesis. Ensuring the plant gets water at optimal times can prevent its leaves from wilting and help it combat diseases better.
soil dryness
The dryness of soil: The top soil, about 1 to 2 inches deep, needs to be dry before watering the weeping fig again. This can be gauged by inserting a finger into the soil. If the soil feels dry, it's time to water the plant.
leaf color
Leaf color: A weeping fig's leaves should generally be dark or deep green. If they start to yellow or turn light green, it might indicate that the plant is not receiving enough water.
leaf wilting
Leaf wilting: weeping fig leaves tend to wilt or droop when the plant is dehydrated. If this happens, check the soil for dryness.
leaf drop
Excessive leaf drop: While weeping fig naturally sheds some leaves, a sudden increase in leaf drop might be a sign that the plant is parched and requires watering.
risks associated
Watering the weeping fig too early can lead to root rot due to overwatering while watering too late can cause the plant to dehydrate, weaken and be more susceptible to diseases. Both cases can lead to plant distress and in severe cases, may even cause the plant to die.
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Late morning or early afternoon: weeping fig should ideally be watered in the late morning or early afternoon when the temperatures are moderate. This allows the water to penetrate deeply into the soil, absorbing the required nutrients before temperatures drop in the evening.
How Should I Water My Weeping Fig?
Watering Requirements
Ficus benjamina, has specific watering needs and sensitivities that should be considered for optimal hydration.
Watering Technique
Bottom-watering is an effective method to ensure the roots of Ficus benjamina get adequate moisture without over-saturating the surface. This technique involves placing the plant pot in a tray or saucer filled with water and allowing the roots to absorb water from the bottom up. It prevents excess moisture on the foliage and minimizes the risk of fungal diseases.
Watering Can Type
When using a watering can, it is recommended to choose one with a narrow spout to direct the water flow directly to the base of the plant. This helps to avoid wetting the foliage excessively and promotes targeted hydration at the root level.
How Much Water Does Weeping Fig Really Need?
Introduction
Weeping fig is a plant that originates from tropical and subtropical regions, including Asia and Australia. It is commonly known as the Weeping fig and is often grown indoors as a decorative houseplant. Understanding its hydration needs and providing the right amount of water is crucial for its growth and overall health.
Optimal Water Quantity
The water requirements of weeping fig can vary depending on factors such as pot size, root depth, and plant size. To ensure the proper amount of water, it is important to consider the following guidelines:
  1. Soil Drainage: weeping fig prefers well-draining soil that allows excess water to flow out easily. It is recommended to use a pot with drainage holes.
  2. Pot Size: weeping fig should be planted in a pot that is proportionate to its size. A larger pot will require more water than a small pot. For example, a mature Weeping fig in a large pot may require around 2 to 3 liters of water per watering session.
  3. Root Depth: Weeping figs have a shallow root system, so it is important to ensure the water reaches the entire root zone without pooling on the surface. Watering until water starts to drip out of the drainage holes is a good indication that the roots are adequately soaked.
  4. Plant Size: Younger and smaller weeping fig plants will require less water compared to mature plants. Adjust the watering volume accordingly to avoid overwatering.
It is essential to monitor the soil moisture level and adjust the watering frequency accordingly. As a general rule, allow the topsoil to dry out slightly between waterings, but avoid completely drying out the soil.
Signs of Proper Hydration
To ensure weeping fig receives the right amount of water, observe the following signs of proper hydration:
  1. Lush and Vibrant Leaves: When weeping fig is adequately watered, its leaves will appear healthy, vibrant, and shiny.
  2. Sturdy Stems: Proper hydration contributes to strong and sturdy stems.
  3. Flower Production: If your weeping fig plant is in its flowering season, the right amount of water will promote abundant flower production.
It is important to note that overwatering or underwatering can result in specific signs of stress or imbalances in the plant's hydration.
Signs of Overwatering
Overwatering weeping fig can lead to several signs of stress, including:
  1. Yellowing Leaves: The leaves of an overwatered weeping fig plant may turn yellow or show signs of chlorosis.
  2. Mold or Fungus Growth: Excess moisture can create a favorable environment for the growth of mold or fungus on the soil surface or around the base of the plant.
If these signs occur, adjust your watering practices to prevent further damage.
Signs of Underwatering
Underwatering weeping fig can also cause stress, which may be indicated by:
  1. Wilting Leaves: The leaves of an underwatered weeping fig plant may appear droopy, wilted, or shriveled.
  2. Dry Soil: The soil might feel dry to the touch, and the topsoil may separate from the edges of the pot.
If you notice these signs, water weeping fig thoroughly, ensuring the water reaches the entire root zone.
Risks of Improper Watering
Providing too much or too little water can pose risks to the health of weeping fig.
  1. Overwatering: Excessive water can lead to root rot, as the roots remain constantly saturated, negatively impacting the root system and overall plant health. It can also result in nutrient deficiencies and make the plant more susceptible to diseases and pests.
  2. Underwatering: Insufficient water supply can cause the plant to wilt, hinder growth, and reduce vitality. It may also lead to increased stress and make weeping fig more vulnerable to pests or diseases.
Maintaining a balanced watering routine is essential to prevent these risks and ensure the optimal growth and well-being of weeping fig.
Additional Advice
To ensure the best care for your weeping fig plant, it is recommended to occasionally mist or wipe the leaves with a damp cloth. This mimics the natural humid conditions it thrives in and helps maintain its health and appearance.
For more detailed information on the watering needs of weeping fig, please consult recognized botanical or horticultural sources specific to this species.
How Often Should I Water Weeping Fig?
Every 1-2 weeks
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences and needs. Devote time to understanding your plants so you can nurture them properly. Observe your plants attentively, learning from their growth patterns, and becoming more in tune with their needs as you grow together. Keep a watchful eye on new plants and seedlings, as they are sensitive to both overwatering and underwatering. Shower them with gentle love and attention, fostering their growth and strength. Let the rhythm of your local climate guide your watering habits, adapting your schedule to the changing weather and the needs of your plants.
What Kind of Water is Best for Weeping Fig?
Water Type Guide for weeping fig
Water Sensitivity: Moderate - weeping fig prefers well-draining soil and should not be overly saturated with water.
Water Types
Distilled Water: Best suited for weeping fig as it is pure and free of contaminants.
Rainwater: A suitable alternative to distilled water, as long as it is collected in a clean container and free from pollutants.
Tap Water: Can be used if no other water sources are available. However, weeping fig is sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals commonly found in tap water.
Filtered Water: Another option if tap water is the only available source. Ensure that the filtration system removes harmful contaminants.
Chlorine Sensitivity
High - weeping fig is sensitive to chlorine in tap water, which can cause leaf burn and overall stress to the plant.
Water Treatments
Dechlorination: It is recommended to let tap water sit out for at least 24 hours before using it on weeping fig. This allows the chlorine to evaporate, making the water safer for the plant.
Water Temperature Preferences
Moderate - weeping fig prefers water at room temperature (around 68-72°F or 20-22°C). Avoid using water that is too cold or too hot, as extreme temperatures can shock the plant.
How Do Weeping Fig's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water weeping fig in Spring?
During spring, weeping fig faces increased sunlight hours and gradually warms temperatures. This encourages the plant to exit its somewhat dormant winter stage and begin new growth. Consequently, watering needs to be slightly increased to support this growth. Check the soil moisture levels regularly and ensure the top inch or so of soil becomes dry before watering again. Applying water to the plant early in the day can minimize evaporation and regulate moisture levels effectively.
How to Water weeping fig in Summer?
Weeping fig experiences its most active growth phase in summer. Despite being a tropical plant, weeping fig handles heat stress poorly, so ensuring consistent soil moisture can help the plant thrive. Excessive sunlight and heat can quickly dry out the soil; pay close attention to soil moisture and learn to recognize when the plant showcases signs of water stress (e.g., wilting or yellowing leaves). Adjust the watering when the plant seems thirsty, but ensure you're not overwatering and thereby leading to root rot.
How to Water weeping fig in Autumn?
As autumn approaches and temperatures cool, weeping fig's growth tends to slow down. With the reduced sunlight hours and lower temperatures, the plant's water requirements decrease. Continue monitoring the soil conditions closely, waiting for the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering. Reducing the watering frequency will help prevent water logging and root diseases.
How to Water weeping fig in Winter?
Weeping fig enters a somewhat dormant phase in winter. It requires considerably less water in this season, given the lower temperatures and limited sunlight hours. Use a finger or moisture meter to check the depth to which the soil is dry; you should water only when the top two inches of soil are dry. But keep in the mind, even in its dormant stage, weeping fig should never be left to completely dry out. This careful watering approach can prevent root rot and help weeping fig survive the winter in good health.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance Weeping Fig Watering Routine?
Moisture Meter
Using a moisture meter can help assess weeping fig's deeper soil moisture needs and prevent over or under-watering. This plant prefers its soil to be mostly dry before the next watering, and a meter can effectively measure this.
Watering Time
Watering weeping fig early in the morning allows the water to penetrate the soil thoroughly before the high evaporation rates of mid-day. It also helps prevent fungal diseases by minimizing the plant's exposure to dampness.
Common Misconception
One common mistake when watering weeping fig is giving it too much water. This plant prefers slightly drying out between waterings, so it's important to let the top inch of soil dry before watering again. Over-watering can lead to root rot.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown Weeping Fig?
Introduction
Hydroponics, a method of growing plants in a water-based, nutrient-rich solution rather than soil, has gained popularity due to its space efficiency and productivity advantages. A plant like weeping fig, or 'Ficus benjamina', can thrive in a hydroponic system as it facilitates controlled nutrient management and reduces common soil-borne issues. Hydroponics might be a preferred method for this plant due to its sensitive root system, which can be maintained more effectively under a hydroponic setup.
Best Hydroponic System for weeping fig
The Wick System or the Deep Water Culture (DWC) system are recommended for weeping fig due to their simplicity, affordable establishment, and maintenance. These systems can provide a stable environment and constant access to water, nutrients, and oxygen that this plant needs.
Nutrient Solution
Weeping fig prefers a balanced nutrient solution with a pH of 5.8-6.2 for optimal growth. In general, it is recommended to change the nutrient solution every 2-3 weeks. However, a continuous monitoring approach is advised, balancing essential nutrients including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the optimal ratios suitable for weeping fig.
Common Challenges
Common issues when growing weeping fig hydroponically include illnesses like root rot due to overwatering or oxygen deprivation. Furthermore, it may face difficulty in nutrient uptake if the pH level is not properly regulated. Weeping fig also requires a precise light schedule; too much or too little can hinder its growth. Maintaining consistent lighting, preferably full but indirect, is crucial.
Health Monitoring Tips
Observing signs of stress in weeping fig can indicate amendments needed in the hydroponic system set up. Wilting, yellowing, or dropping leaves may signal nutrient imbalances or pH issues. Root discoloration can highlight a potential onset of root rot. Moreover, an unusually slow growth rate could indicate inadequate light intensity.
Adjusting Hydroponic Environment
Weeping fig's environment in different growth stages needs different care. In its vegetative stage, weeping fig prefers higher humidity levels and warmer temperatures. However, as it matures, it extends toward cooler and less humid conditions. The nutrient solution should also be strengthened with growth boosters during the flowering stage.
General Tips
While weeping fig can adapt to a multitude of environments, it is important to remember that its primary requirement is consistency, including in temperature, pH balance, and nutrient density. Regular monitoring and adjustments, if needed, will help keep the plant healthy and vibrant.
Important Symptoms
Overwatering Symptoms of Weeping fig
Weeping fig is more susceptible to developing disease symptoms when overwatered because it prefers a soil environment with moderate humidity. Symptoms of overwatering include yellowing leaves, root rot, leaf drop...
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Yellowing leaves
When plants receive too much water, the roots become oxygen deprived and the bottom leaves of the plant gradually turn yellow.
Root rot
Excess water in the soil can lead to the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria, causing the roots to rot and eventually kill the plant.
Leaf drop
When plants are overwatered, they may shed their leaves as a response to stress, even if the leaves appear green and healthy.
Mold and mildew
Overwatered plants create a damp environment that can encourage the growth of mold and mildew on soil.
Increased susceptibility diseases
Overwatering plants may become more susceptible and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Solutions
1. Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness. Wait for soil to dry before watering.2. Increase soil aeration by loosening surface and gently stirring with a wooden stick or chopstick.3. Optimize environment with good ventilation and warmth to enhance water evaporation and prevent overwatering.
Underwatering Symptoms of Weeping fig
Weeping fig is more susceptible to plant health issues when lacking watering, as it can only tolerate short periods of drought. Symptoms of dehydration include wilting, yellowing leaves, leaf drop...
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Wilting
Due to the dry soil and insufficient water absorption by the roots, the leaves of the plant will appear limp, droopy, and lose vitality.
Root damage
Prolonged underwatering can cause root damage, making it difficult for the plant to absorb water even when it is available.
Dry stems
Due to insufficient water, plant stems may become dry or brittle, making the branches easy to break.
Dying plant
If underwatering continues for an extended period, the plant may ultimately die as a result of severe water stress and an inability to carry out essential functions.
Solutions
1. Thoroughly saturate soil with slow ring watering to ensure uniform and sufficient moisture for plants. 2. Increase air humidity with water trays or misting to slow leaf water evaporation. 3. Watering according to the recommended frequency.Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness.
Watering Troubleshooting for Weeping Fig
Why are the leaves on my weeping fig becoming yellow and falling off?
Yellow leaves often indicate overwatering. The roots of weeping fig can suffer from root rot if the soil is kept too wet. Ensure the top inch of the soil is dry before watering again. Also, improve drainage by using a well-draining soil mix and ensuring the pot has enough drainage holes.
My weeping fig leaves are turning brown and crispy at the edges. What's causing this?
Brown, crispy edges are typically a sign of underwatering. Weeping fig prefers consistently moist soil, but avoid waterlogging. Increase the watering frequency, but ensure the water drains properly. Always feel the soil before watering. If it feels dry, it's time to water your weeping fig.
Why are the lower leaves of my weeping fig becoming yellow and dropping?
If the lower leaves are yellowing and falling but the plant continues to put out new growth, it could be part of its natural shedding process. But if it's excessive, it might be due to inadequate watering or lack of nutrients. Check your watering routine and supplement with a suitable fertilizer if necessary.
My weeping fig leaves have dark spots on them. What am I doing wrong in watering?
Dark spots on the leaves can be a result of overwatering, causing fungal diseases. Allow the soil to dry out before the next watering, improve aeration to the roots, and if the problem persists, consider using a fungicide.
The leaves on my weeping fig are wilting despite regular watering. What could be the problem?
The wilting of weeping fig despite regular watering could be a sign of root rot from overwatering, which may prevent the uptake of water. Repot your weeping fig in fresh soil, remove any rotting roots, and adjust your watering to avoid overly wet soil.
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The weeping fig prefers to grow in a location where it is exposed to light for some of the day but also enjoys occasional shade. While it can withstand constant exposure to light or continual shade, either condition may impact its heath, revealing as either leaf burn from overexposure or stunted growth from light deprivation. Borne from habitat where light levels fluctuate, a balance is key for optimum growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Insufficient Light in %s
Weeping fig is a popular indoor plant that prefers partial sunlight but can handle full sunlight in cooler weather. However, when placed in corners of rooms for extended periods, it may develop symptoms of light deficiency due to insufficient light exposure.
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Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Weeping fig enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your weeping fig may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Solutions
1. To optimize plant growth, shift them to increasingly sunnier spots each week until they receive 3-6 hours of direct sunlight daily, enabling gradual adaptation to changing light conditions.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Symptoms of Excessive light in %s
Weeping fig thrives with partial sun exposure and can tolerate full sun in cooler weather. However, they are more susceptible to sunburn, as they cannot withstand intense sunlight in high-temperature environments.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
Essentials
The weeping fig prefers a temperature range of 68 to 100℉ (20 to 38℃), which is consistent with its native growth environment in tropical and subtropical regions. It can tolerate slight temperature fluctuations, but sudden changes can lead to leaf drop. During the winter, it is important to avoid placing it near cold drafts or in temperatures below 50℉ (10℃).
Regional wintering strategies
Weeping fig is extremely heat-loving, and any cold temperatures can cause harm to it. In the autumn, it is recommended to bring outdoor-grown Weeping fig indoors and place it near a bright window, but it should be kept at a certain distance from heaters. Maintaining temperatures above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min} during winter is beneficial for plant growth. Any temperatures approaching {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min} are detrimental to the plant.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Low Temperature in Weeping fig
Weeping fig prefers warm temperatures and is not tolerant of low temperatures. It thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, the leaves may lighten in color. After frost damage, the color gradually turns brown or black, and symptoms such as wilting and drooping may occur.
Solutions
Trim off the frost-damaged parts. Immediately move indoors to a warm environment for cold protection. Choose a spot near a south-facing window to place the plant, ensuring ample sunlight. Additionally, avoid placing the plant near heaters or air conditioning vents to prevent excessive dryness in the air.
Symptoms of High Temperature in Weeping fig
During summer, Weeping fig should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the color of the leaves becomes lighter, and the plant becomes more susceptible to sunburn.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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The Toxicity of Weeping fig
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Is Weeping Fig toxic to dog?
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is mildly to moderately toxic to dogs. Skin contact with any part of the plant can cause rash and irritation. If ingested, excessive drooling, irritation of the mouth and throat, and vomiting may occur. The leaves and fruit can be quite appealing to your dog, so be careful around this popular plant.
Is Weeping Fig toxic to cat?
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is moderately toxic to cats, regardless of which part of the plant is ingested. Extra care should be taken to avoid the leaves that this species is prone to dropping. Merely touching the plant may cause dermatitis, whereas ingestion will cause vomiting and oral irritation. Veterinary care should be sought if necessary.
How to identify Weeping Fig
* The judgment on toxicity and danger is for reference only. We DO NOT GUARANTEE any accuracy of such judgment. Therefore, you SHALL NOT rely on such judgment. It is IMPORTANT TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE in advance when necessary.
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