Ficus Benjamina Starlight
Ficus Benjamina 'Starlight', aka the Weeping Starlight Fig, is a species of flowering plant in the family Moraceae, native to Asia and Australia. It is also the official tree of Bangkok. Starlight is a variation that has almost all white or cream leaves splashed with streaks of dark green. Due to this variegation, it requires brighter light than the classic Ficus Benjamina.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will do best in bright light. A nice bright place inside your home would be on the window sill or a stool that is right next to a window, either with or without blinds, depending on if the plant can handle sun. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again.
They will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier.
Ficus do not like to be moved around a lot. A sudden change in location often causes the leaves to shed, although they will grow back in time in their new environment. Therefore, make environmental changes gradually and try not to move the plant in winter. Keep away from air conditioners, heaters and drafts. They are also very sensitive to under watering and overwatering so make sure you are consistent in your care.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.