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
- 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
- Toxic to animals
- 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