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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.

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 thoroughly once a week with room-temperature water. Water the plant 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 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.

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.

TOXICITY

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

See also: Common Issues →

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. If it does not get enough sunlight, growth will be stunted.

WATER

Your Ficus does not like to dry out completely–water thoroughly when the top 50% 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!

See also: Common Issues →

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

Your Ficus Tineke will appreciate consistent watering. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out, then water thoroughly. Water less often during the winter, as growth naturally slows and your Ficus Tineke requires less water.

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.

See also: Common Issues →

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

Your Variegated Ficus will appreciate consistent watering. Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry out, then water thoroughly. Water less often during the winter, when growth naturally slows.

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.

See also: Common Issues →

Burgundy Rubber Tree

LIGHT

Your Burgundy Rubber Tree will grow best with consistent, bright, filtered light—which produces the dark, burgundy color of the leaves. Many people put their rubber trees near a window where the light is filtered through a pair of sheer curtains. This plant tolerates low light, but the leaves will fade to a light green color. However, if the plant gets less light while growing, the leaves will actually become larger!

WATER

Water when the top 50%-75% of soil becomes dry, then thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so as not to drown the roots. Do not splash water on the leaves, this can cause stains. The worst thing you can do to your Rubber Tree is to overwater it.

TEMPERATURE

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

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.

FOOD

For best results, feed your plant every month during the spring and summer with a diluted liquid fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

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

ADDITIONAL CARE

Once your Rubber Tree has grown to the height you want it at, you can cut the top off. You may also want to prune or trim back any unwanted branches to give the plant a fuller shape. It’s best to trim your Rubber Tree in the spring and summer. Gently clean the leaves with a very soft cloth or sponge and warm water to keep them glossy. If leaves are stained, use a tiny amount of liquid hand soap to gently remove the stains.

See also: Common Issues →

Ficus Audrey

LIGHT

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

WATER

Water when the top 2-3 inches of soil are 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 prefers a humid environment. Mist often.

TEMPERATURE

60°-80° F

FOOD

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

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.

See also: Common Issues →

Ficus Altissima

LIGHT

Your Ficus prefers bright indirect light. Direct sun may 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 prefers a humid environment. Mist often.

TEMPERATURE

60° – 80° F

FOOD

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

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.

See also: Common Issues →

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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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Don’t be alarmed if your Ficus drops a few leaves upon arriving at your home. Your plant is simply adjusting to its new environment and will be acclimated in no time!
- Plant Mom

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