How to Care for a Variegated Ficus

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


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


Your Variegated Ficus 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 Variegated Ficus requires less water. 


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


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. 


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