Ficus Benjamina Golden King
The ficus originates from Africa, South America and the southern United States. The Ficus belongs to the Moreaceae or Mulberry family.
Generally moderate watering, in the growth period that runs from March to August a little more than in winter. You can let the soil dry out a bit before watering again. However, do not leave the roots in the water, this will cause root rot.
If the pot is provided (or you provide it yourself) with a substrate and a water meter, watering is easy! On arrival there is little water in it, slowly fill the pot with water (sometimes wait a while) and you will see that the meter automatically rises. All you have to do is keep an eye on this meter. If you go on vacation, you can fill the pot almost half full (you can see this on the meter, which is then slightly above its maximum) and you can safely leave for 3 weeks. In addition, it is not a problem if the plants are not watered too much and too quickly. The substrate absorbs the water, so if the water meter is at the bottom, the substrate is still moist, but there is no more water at the bottom of the pot. The plant still has enough space for 4 summer days.
It is therefore recommended to spray the Ficus regularly to remove dust from the leaves and to prevent spider mites.
The Ficus likes to be in a light place and needs at least 4 to 5 hours of sunlight per day. With a south-facing window, the ficus can be placed two to three meters away from the window. The plant within one meter of a window on the East, West and North. if the Ficus is too dark, you have more chance of leaf drop and new leaves will grow more difficult.
During the day 18 ° C
At night 15 ° C
The Ficus does not need much nutrition. After purchase, the Ficus can go without food for months. Feed only in spring or summer. Never give too much, this can lead to burning of the roots. Check the packaging for the correct dosage.
It is best to repot a Ficus every two years in a larger pot. The best period for transplanting is spring or immediately after purchasing the plant. A larger pot will stimulate growth and the advantage is a larger buffer soil, so that the water is spread more and there is less chance of root rot. Always take a pot that is 20 to 25% larger and do not use Hydro granules on the bottom of the pot. It is best to use a plastic insert cover for large pots.
If you move a Ficus or there is too little light, the plant will lose its leaves. This is also more likely if you purchase in winter. It is therefore preferable to place the houseplant closer to a window in the winter. In the spring, the Ficus will recover “with proper care” and thus produce new leaves.
If the ficus gets yellow leaves while you take care of it as usual, then maybe give it some new food.
A ficus is a relatively fast grower and it is best to prune it every autumn. The advantage of this is that the plant receives more light, remains more compact and you do not get long shoots. Ficus lyrata is an odd man out. It is best to prune this houseplant in late spring (May-June). The reason for this is that the Lyrata needs more power to walk out. The Ficus lyrata will branch “at every branch where it has been pruned”. This gives you a nice full room or office plant. Use pruning shears and cover the wounds with cigarette ash to stop the houseplant's bleeding.
The ficus is a poisonous plant. If you come into contact with the white milk juice this can irritate the skin. Eating the leaves by children and pets can cause bruises on the skin.
The Ficus benjamini Golden King is a versatile plant that comes in many variations.