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Ficus Care

Ficus trees are very easy to care for once they are settled into their new environment. After they adjust to their new home, they will thrive in a spot with bright indirect light and a consistent watering schedule. Happy in virtually any situation that avoids direct blazing sunshine, your Ficus is a beautiful, low-maintenance indoor plant.

How to care for your Ficus

Use these instructions to care for a Ficus. This guide will tell you how to water a Ficus; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Burgundy Rubber Tree

LIGHT

Your Ficus prefers bright indirect light. Direct sun may burn the leaves.

WATER

Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

As a native to the tropics, your Rubber Tree will appreciate you misting its leaves to increase humidity—especially when it gets very warm in the summer. Misting regularly also helps to keep mites (damaging insects) from making themselves at home on the leaves.

TEMPERATURE

The Burgundy Rubber Tree enjoys average room temperatures of 65-78 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

TOXICITY

Rubber Tree leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

Ficus plants are sensitive to being moved. If you have to move your plant around, do so gradually. Any sudden changes can cause leaves to drop. When pruning your plant, be careful of the milky latex substance that may leak out where cuts have occurred–this is a mildly toxic irritant. If you get the sap on your hands or skin, wash with warm water and soap immediately.

Ficus Alii

LIGHT

Place your Ficus Alii in bright indirect or filtered light. Avoid bright direct light as it will burn the leaves and cause them to drop.

WATER

Water with room-temperature water once the soil dries 50-75% down. Water thoroughly until water flows into the saucer, then pour out any excess.

HUMIDITY

Your Ficus tree will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus Alii will thrive in average temperatures of 60-75 degrees.

FOOD

Fertilize your Ficus tree every month in late spring and summer with a general-purpose fertilizer diluted to half strength. You will see new leaves appear and branches grow during this time. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Ficus Alii leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Ficus are sensitive to changes in their environment. They react to these changes by dropping leaves. If you have just moved your Ficus to a new location, expect the leaves to drop. The leaves will begin growing again when the plant adjusts to its new location. If it has not been moved, it could be the result of a change in lighting conditions as the seasons change. Or, it may be reacting to an increase or decrease in its watering frequency.

Ficus Altissima

LIGHT

Your Ficus prefers bright indirect light. Direct sun may burn the leaves and cause them to drop. Your plant may lose some of its beautiful green and yellow variegation on new leaves if it’s not receiving enough light.

WATER

Your Ficus Altissima will appreciate consistent watering. Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. Water less often during the winter, when growth naturally slows.

HUMIDITY

Your Ficus Altissima will thrive in average household humidity but will appreciate a boost in humidity from time to time. Regular misting, using a pebble tray, or placing a humidifier nearby are great ways to increase humidity for your Ficus.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus Altissima enjoys average room temperatures of 60-80 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

FOOD

For best results, feed your Ficus once a month from spring through summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Your Ficus is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion may cause mouth and stomach irritation.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Ficus plants are sensitive to being moved. If you have to move your plant around, do so gradually. Any sudden changes can cause leaves to drop. When pruning your plant, be careful of the milky latex substance that may leak out where cuts have occurred–this is a mildly toxic irritant. If you get the sap on your hands or skin, wash with warm water and soap immediately.

Ficus Audrey

LIGHT

Your Ficus prefers bright indirect light. Direct sun may burn the leaves and cause them to drop.

WATER

Water your Ficus Audrey when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Ficus Audrey will thrive in average household humidity but will appreciate a boost in humidity from time to time. Regular misting, using a pebble tray, or placing a humidifier nearby are great ways to increase humidity for your Ficus.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus Audrey enjoys average room temperatures of 60-80 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

FOOD

For best results, feed your Ficus once a month from spring through summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Ficus leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Ficus plants are sensitive to being moved. If you have to move your plant around, do so gradually. Any sudden changes can cause leaves to drop. When pruning your plant, be careful of the milky latex substance that may leak out where cuts have occurred—this is a mildly toxic irritant. If you get the sap on your hands or skin, wash with warm water and soap immediately.

Ficus Benjamina

LIGHT

Place your Ficus Benjamina in bright indirect or filtered light. Avoid bright direct light as it can burn the leaves and cause them to drop.

WATER

Allow 75% of the soil to dry between watering. When watering, water thoroughly until water flows into the saucer, then pour out any excess.

HUMIDITY

Your Ficus tree will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus Benjamina will thrive in average temperatures of 60-75 degrees.

FOOD

Fertilize your Ficus tree once a month in late spring and summer with a general-purpose fertilizer diluted to half strength. You will see new growth during this time. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Ficus Benjamina leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Ficus are sensitive to changes in their environment. They react to these changes by dropping leaves. If you have just moved your Ficus to a new location, expect some leaves to drop. If it has not been moved, it could be the result of a change in lighting conditions as the seasons change. It may also be reacting to an increase or decrease in its watering frequency.

Ficus Danielle

LIGHT

Place your Ficus Danielle in bright indirect or filtered light. Avoid bright direct light as it will burn the leaves and cause them to drop.

WATER

Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Ficus tree will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus Danielle will thrive in average temperatures of 60-75 degrees.

FOOD

Fertilize your Ficus tree every four weeks in late spring and summer with a general-purpose fertilizer diluted to half strength. You will see new leaves appear and branches grow during this time. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Ficus Danielle leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Ficus are sensitive to changes in their environment. They react to these changes by dropping leaves. If you have just moved your Ficus to a new location, expect the leaves to drop. The leaves will grow back when the plant adjusts to its new location. If it has not been moved, it could be the result of a change in lighting conditions as the seasons change. Or, it may be reacting to an increase or decrease in its watering frequency.

Ficus Ginseng

LIGHT

Your Ficus Ginseng will be happiest if placed in a spot where it can receive very bright indirect light. It can tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight, but should not be in full sun for very long each day. Also, it will not tolerate low light very well so avoid placing it in low light areas.

WATER

Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Ficus Ginseng will do well in average room humidity but appreciates added humidity. Mist your plant every couple of days or add a humidifier nearby to make your plant happy.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus Ginseng likes room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. Keep your plant away from blowing air or cold drafts, as this could cause leaves to fall off.

FOOD

Feed your Ficus Ginseng once a month during spring and summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

TOXICITY

Your Ficus is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion may cause mouth and stomach irritation.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Ficus Ginseng is a relatively slow-growing plant and won’t need to be repotted very often, only once every 1-3 years. You can also prune your Ficus during spring and summer to keep it at a small size and reduce the need for repotting.

Ficus Repens Green

LIGHT

Your Ficus Repens Green enjoys bright indirect light. It is best to place this plant near an eastern or western facing window. 

WATER

Your Ficus does not like to dry out completely–water thoroughly when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry. When watering, water enough so that water flows into the saucer, but never let water sit in the saucer for extended periods of time. This can lead to root rot and the eventual death of your plant.

HUMIDITY

Your Ficus will do well in average household humidity but will benefit greatly from a humidifier, pebble tray, or frequent misting to boost humidity. Another way to increase relative humidity is to group several humidity-loving plants together in a small area, creating a micro-climate.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus likes normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. Avoid cold winter drafts and direct airflow from heating vents.

FOOD

Your Ficus will benefit from regular fertilizing during the spring through fall. Feed with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength every month.

TOXICITY

Even though mature plants can produce edible fruits, your Ficus Repens excretes a milky sap that is toxic and can cause skin irritation and inflammation. Keep it away from pets and children.

ADDITIONAL CARE

To attain a dramatic and fun look in your home, you can let you Ficus Repens vine up on walls. If you have a textured wall, your Ficus will use its aerial roots to grab on by itself, or you can use hooks to help it vine in the direction that you want. Fun fact: the aerial roots secrete a latex substance to help attach to surfaces. This substance is a skin irritant, so be careful!

Ficus Spire

LIGHT

Place your Ficus Spire in bright indirect or filtered light. Avoid bright direct light as it will burn the leaves and cause them to drop.

WATER

Water with room-temperature water once the topsoil 50–75% is dry. Water thoroughly until water flows into the saucer, then pour out any excess.

HUMIDITY

Your Ficus tree will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus Spire will thrive in average temperatures of 60-75 degrees.

FOOD

Fertilize your Ficus tree every month in late spring and summer with a general-purpose fertilizer diluted to half strength. You will see new leaves appear and branches grow during this time. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Ficus Spire leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Ficus are sensitive to changes in their environment. They react to these changes by dropping leaves. If you have just moved your Ficus to a new location, expect the leaves to drop. The leaves will begin growing again when the plant adjusts to its new location. If it has not been moved, it could be the result of a change in lighting conditions as the seasons change. Or, it may be reacting to an increase or decrease in its watering frequency.

Ficus Tineke

LIGHT

Your Ficus Tineke prefers bright, indirect light. Your plant may lose its beautiful cream variegation on new leaves if it’s not receiving enough light.

WATER

Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Ficus Tineke will do great in average household humidity but will appreciate a boost in humidity from time to time. Regular misting, using a pebble tray, or placing a humidifier nearby are great ways to increase humidity for your Ficus.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus Tineke enjoys average room temperatures of 60-80 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

FOOD

For best results, feed your Ficus Tineke once a month from spring through summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.

TOXICITY

Ficus Tineke leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

When pruning your plant, make sure to watch out for the milky latex substance that could leak out where cuts have occurred–this is a mildly toxic irritant. If you get the sap on your hands or skin, wash with warm water and soap immediately.

Ficus Umbellata

LIGHT

Your Ficus Umbellata requires bright indirect light. Rotate the pot regularly to encourage even, balanced growth. It can tolerate a few hours of direct morning sun, but avoid exposing the leaves to the harsh afternoon sun. This plant does not tolerate low light conditions.

WATER

Water your Ficus when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

As a native to the tropics, Ficus Umbellata appreciates extra humidity. Mist the leaves to increase humidity around your plant, especially in the drier winter months.

TEMPERATURE

The Ficus Umbellata enjoys warmer temperatures between 65-85°F. It will not tolerate cold drafts so make sure you avoid placing your plant in drafty areas.

FOOD

For best results, feed your plant once during the spring and monthly throughout the summer. A little bit of food will go a long way to encourage growth and root health. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Ficus leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Large leaves can collect dust. If you notice the leaves are dirty or dusty, wipe them with a damp cloth and gently dry to keep them clean and healthy. Ficus generally do not like to be moved — if necessary to move your plant, be prepared for some leaf drop until it is acclimated again in a few weeks.

Variegated Ficus

LIGHT

Your Variegated Ficus prefers bright, indirect light. Your plant may lose its beautiful red variegation on new leaves if it’s not receiving enough light. 

WATER

Water when the top 50%-75% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Variegated Ficus will thrive in average household humidity but will appreciate a boost in humidity from time to time. Regular misting, using a pebble tray, or placing a humidifier nearby are great ways to increase humidity for your Ficus.

TEMPERATURE

Your Variegated Ficus enjoys average room temperatures of 60-80 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

FOOD

For best results, feed your Variegated Ficus once a month from spring through summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. 

TOXICITY

Ficus leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

When pruning your plant, make sure to watch out for the milky latex substance that could leak out where cuts have occurred–this is a mildly toxic irritant. If you get the sap on your hands or skin, wash with warm water and soap immediately.

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Ficus trees are very easy to care for once they are settled into their new environment. After they adjust to their new home, they will thrive in a spot with bright indirect light and a consistent watering schedule. Happy in virtually any situation that avoids direct blazing sunshine, your Ficus is a beautiful, low-maintenance indoor plant.

Fun Fact

Your Ficus may enter a period of dormancy where growth will slow in the cold fall and winter months, perking back up in the spring and summer.

Pictured Left: Ficus Danielle

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