Houseplants and house trees can flourish with minimum of effort

Cynthia McKenney, an associate professor of horticulture at Texas Tech University, also endorses the weeping fig, rubber plant and the dracaenas, although she points out that spider mites can become an issue with the latter.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

My husband's weeping fig tree (Ficus benjamina) left this world only last year, having lived 20 years with no fertilizer, ever, and far less water than it rightfully deserved.

"I never watered it until I noticed it was sick," my spouse cheerfully reported.

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