The Ficus benjamina, otherwise known as “Weeping Fig” or “Ficus tree” is one of the most popular plants, so popular in fact that many who have never stepped foot in a garden have heard of the name.  Whether one is a plant enthusiast or not, the Ficus seems to be well known for a few reasons. Aside from its aesthetics, it thrives both indoors and out, and does not require much special attention.  One must still be careful not to put it in direct sunlight for too long, and watering should not occur until the soil has dried up from the previous watering session. Aside from the convenience of being able to take it inside or out, it is also effective at cleaning out air pollutants.  

Though beautiful, the Ficus has been known to lose leaves quite frequently.  This is nothing to be alarmed about. Common problems could be related to under/over watering, changes in temperature, too little light, or pests.  Although the plant requires low maintenance, one should still be wary of those common problems. It does grow best in higher temperatures, and it would be best to not be constantly moving it from indoors to outdoors.  

The Ficus benjamina would be a great addition to any garden/home, and also a great plant to start off with for those who are just starting to take their first few steps into the gardening world.