Ficus Care

Ficus Care

Ficus Care

Ficus are beautiful houseplants that can be grown as bushes or trees. They can add beautiful plant presence to a space. They are generally not tolerant of lower or moderate light and require very bright filtered light (usually West or South-facing exposure) to grow well and retain their leaves over time. Larger tree-forms can also benefit from being treated regularly to prevent pests. 

Easier varieties include: Altissima, Audrey, Benjamina, Elastica, Ginseng (see separate page for Fiddle Leaf Fig care

Difficult varieties include: Alii, Amstel King, Variegated Ficus plants.


  • Very bright, indirect light
  • Does not tolerate medium or low light conditions well
  • Brown spotting on leaves can be caused by overwatering or burn caused by direct sun or leaf trauma. Some spotting is also normal.


  • Likes to dry out 50% between waterings 
  • Water roughly every 10-14 days
  • Leaf dropping is a sign of too much water and not enough light 


  • Average household humidity is fine

Soil Type: 

  • Requires fast draining but rich soil 
  • 2 parts nutrient rich potting soil (or soil with slow release fertilizer pellets), 1 part perlite 
  • A dusting of worm castings on the topsoil is also good for fertilizing

Toxicity Level: 

  • Toxic to animals 

Additional Information:

  • Ficus plants do not tolerate change well, on occasion they can experience periods of leaf loss when adapting to change or when they experience a change in watering habits. Leaves can grow back overtime, but trees that struggle in this way should be placed in the brightest filtered light possible indoors.
  • Glossy leaves can collect dust, so a gentle dusting with a microfiber cloth or duster is beneficial 
  • Ficus roots are delicate! If repotting, do not tease root mass 
  • Keep away from cold drafts 

Popular Varieties: Elastica Ruby, Tineke, Burgundy, Alii, shop all Ficus 

West-facing light

In the window getting direct sun: Majesty Palm, Philodendron Selloum, Philodendron Xanadu, Euphorbia, Coconut Palm, Cordyline, Yucca, Sago Palm

In bright filtered or indirect light away from direct sun: Philodendron, Palms, Monstera, Alocasia, Ficus, Hoya, Peperomia, Pothos.

South-facing light

In the window getting bright direct sun: Majesty PalmEuphorbiaCordylinePhilodendron, Ficus, Alocasia,

In bright filtered or indirect light away from direct sun: PalmsMonsteraHoyaPeperomiaPothos, Calathea, Ferns, Snake Plants

East-facing light

In the window getting unobstructed bright direct morning sun: (Some) Philodendron CordatumFicus MidnightPothosKentia Palm, Peperomia, CalatheaFernsDracaena, Bella Palm, Pothos,

In filtered or indirect light away from the window: Golden Pothos, Jade Pothos, Pothos Silver SplashSnake Plants, Dracaena Lisa, zz plants

East-facing light is low to moderate light for plants. We highly recommend supplementing with grow lights for any plants you place away from your East-facing window.

North-facing Light

In the window getting unobstructed light: Philodendron CordatumPothosPeperomiaCalatheaFernsDracaenaBella PalmPothos

Away from the window: Snake PlantsDracaena Lisa, zz plants

North-facing light is the lowest light possible for plants. In low light plants need less water and can be difficult to care for. We highly recommend supplementing with grow lights for any plants you place away from your North-facing window.