plants

Ben

£25.00 - £80.00

ficus benjamina

Ficus Benjamina; Benjamin tree; Java fig; Java tree; Small-leaved rubber plant; Tropic laurel

Why we love Ben

Ben is fantastic if you like big plants but don’t have lots of space. He grows tall and compact, dense with beautiful glossy leaves.


Bright light
Easy care
The patch promise

To ensure he grows evenly on all sides, it’s a good idea to rotate his pot once a week or so. He always grows towards the light.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Ficus benjamina

Nickname

Benjamin tree; Java fig; Java tree; Small-leaved rubber plant; Tropic laurel; weeping fig; Benjamin fig

Plant type

Evergreen shrub, indoor

Air purifying

Yes

Plant height (including pot)

90-100cm; 140-150cm

Pet/baby safe

Mildly toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size

21cm; 27cm

About ficus benjamina

If you encountered ficus benjamina in the wild, mostly in Asia or Australia, you could expect it to be as tall as 30 metres. Don’t panic that you’re going to need to smash a hole in your roof. Our indoor version is much more compact.

With its abundance of dark green glossy leaves it makes a very stylish houseplant. It’s pretty simple to take care of too. It will tolerate lower light, but prefers bright, indirect light, and just asks that it not be allowed to dry out. You can also encourage it to grow more strongly by giving it a feed with plant fertiliser once a month in spring and summer.

In the wild it will bear small orange-red edible fruit, but don’t expect yours to fruit indoors. Enjoy it for its leafy handsomeness.

Did you know?

The ficus is the official tree of Bangkok. We are not sure what benefits this title affords it, to be honest.


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