How to Care for a Ficus Repens Green

use these instructions to care for a Ficus Repens Green. this guide will tell you how to water your Ficus Repens Green, its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

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 REQUIREMENTS

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 PREFERENCE

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.   

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

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

PLANT 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.   

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!   

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.