How to care for your Ficus
While all plants in the Ficus family have roughly the same care, there are some unique things you should know about each individual species. These will help you better understand your plant and build a relationship with it.
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 thoroughly once a week with room-temperature water. Water the plant until water flows into the saucer, then pour out any excess.
Your Ficus tree will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.
Your Ficus Danielle will thrive in average temperatures of 60-75 degrees.
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.
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 Danielle leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.
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.
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.
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.
Your Ficus likes normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees. Avoid cold winter drafts and direct airflow from heating vents.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Your Ficus Tineke enjoys average room temperatures of 60-80 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.
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.
Ficus Tineke leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
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.