When and How to Prune Ficus Trees

Ficus benjamina, also known as weeping fig, is a forgiving houseplant but sensitive to changes in its environment. Pruning can encourage new growth, remove dead branches, and limit disease or pest infestation. It's best to keep pruning to a minimum and focus on removing dead or criss-crossing branches. Pruning can also help shape the tree into a more pleasing form. Timing is important, with dead or diseased branches able to be removed anytime, while a hard prune is best done during dormancy. Clean tools, make sharp cuts, and wear gloves to protect against the plant's sap. Shaping the tree involves removing dead wood and crossing branches, and trimming softer, newer growth to create symmetry. Outdoor-grown plants can handle heavy duty pruning, unlike indoor potted plants.

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