As the newest member of the Just Add Ice family of plants, weeping figs are as unique as they are beautiful. Weeping figs are miniature topiary trees with low maintenance care requirements, which make them the perfect decorative addition to your home or office.
And just in case a visitor comes in and asks about your new adorable tree, here are six interesting facts you can share with them:
1. They grow very slowly
The reason these small indoor trees are so popular is because weeping figs grow very, very slowly. While miniature weeping figs can eventually grow to be three feet tall, it will likely take them quite some time to reach their full height potential.
2. They’re toxic to cats and dogs
When you’re determining the best place to display your weeping fig, make sure it’s not somewhere your pet can’t easily access. Weeping fig leaves can be toxic to cats and dogs if ingested, and since your tree will occasionally shed leaves, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to keep your pets safe.
3. They’re great air purifiers
Weeping figs aren’t just visually appealing — they’re also good for your health! Adding a weeping fig to your home or office can help improve the air quality, which can limit your chances of getting sick and could even help with clarity and creativity.
4. They like to stay put
Once you decide where you want to put your weeping fig, it’s best not to disturb it. Moving your tree around your home can cause it to drop leaves more frequently, especially if the new location reflects a change in temperature or light. So, rather than move it around your home on a whim, make sure you only relocate your tree if you really, really need to. The same goes for repotting — wait until it’s absolutely necessary.
5. Some leaf shedding is completely normal
Don’t worry if your weeping fig does start to shed a few leaves though, especially during the end of summer and early fall. As long as the leaf loss is minimal, there’s nothing to worry about.
6. They love bright light — but not directly
Weeping figs love lots of bright natural light, but it’s important it’s either indirect light or partially shaded light. If your tree gets too much direct sunlight, the leaves could be damaged with sunburn.
Now that you know more about your weeping fig, you’ll be fully prepared with creative answers when visitors come to your home or office and say, “What a unique little tree!”