Ficus benjamina gets yellow leaves - what to do?

Ficus benjamina gets yellow leaves - what to do?

Waterlogging causes yellow leaves - how to act correctly

If your weeping fig gets yellow leaves, the plant has received excess irrigation water. What to do now:

  • Pot the Benjamini and completely remove the wet substrate
  • Thoroughly clean the bucket
  • Spread potsherds or expanded clay over the water drain in the bottom of the pot (€ 17.50 at Amazon *) as drainage
  • Then repot the weeping fig in a mix of fresh potted plant soil and lava granules

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If the root ball lies in front of you without substrate, you will discover softened, putrid roots. Cut out these root strands with sharp, clean scissors. In this exceptional case, please do not pour on. Only after the Ficus benjamina has regenerated for a week does the water supply start again at a reduced level.

Hard irrigation water causes the leaves to turn yellow

Are the green leaf veins clearly visible within the yellow leaves? Then you are dealing with leaf chlorosis. In order for your weeping fig to flourish, it wants a slightly acidic substrate. If your Benjamini is poured with hard tap water, the lime content in the earth accumulates and the leaves turn yellow. If you pour rainwater or decalcified tap water from now on, the damage will gradually settle.


Benjamini likes to spend the summer on the balcony. If the exotic green plant in this location comes under blazing midday sun, yellow leaves are inevitable. At the first signs of sunburn, please carry the weeping fig to a partially shaded place or provide shade during the midday hours.