Ficus - Growing Instruction & Care

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Ficus (fai·kuhs)
Family: Moraceae
Common Name: Ficus, Ficus Tree, Fiddle Leaf Fig, Rubber Tree, Weeping Fig, Triangle Fig
Botanical Name: Ficus lyrata, Ficus benjamina, Ficus elastica
Pet Friendly:  No

Looking to add a touch of natural beauty to your indoor space? Why not consider growing ficus plants? These fascinating plants are a living reminder of past ages and can add a unique touch of the ancient world to your home. With their beautiful foliage and low-maintenance care, ficus plants are an excellent choice for any plant enthusiast. However, to ensure your ficus thrives, it's essential to follow these seven tips. From selecting the ideal location to providing the right amount of water and fertilizer, each step is crucial to keep your ficus healthy and vibrant. With these easy-to-follow instructions, you can successfully grow and care for your ficus plants, bringing a piece of nature's history into your home. So why wait? Start growing your ficus plants today and enjoy their timeless beauty for years to come!

  1. Light: Ficus plants require medium, indirect dappled light, so make sure to place them in a bright spot. Avoid direct sunlight, as this can damage their leaves.

  2. Watering: Ficus plants need constant moisture, but don't let them sit in standing water. Water them lightly every few days, or just enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy.

  3. Soil: Ficus plants need a soil medium that can retain moisture but still drain excess water. Most pre-mixed soils will suffice, but make sure that there is plenty of organic matter.

  4. Temperature: Ficus plants can adapt quickly to most household temperatures, but they prefer cooler temps. During a heatwave, they'll need more water and shade.

  5. Humidity: Humidity is a must to keep your ficus plants strong and vigorous! Consider using a humidifier or placing them on a tray filled with pebbles and water to increase humidity.

  6. Fertilizer: Ficus plants should be fed with a ¼-diluted complete liquid fertilizer twice a month during the growing season. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can harm the plant.

  7. Pro Tips: Group your ficus plants together to make caring for them easier. Re-pot them into a container that is 2" wider in diameter using organic-rich soil when they become root-bound. Try placing them in a terra-cotta pot inside a larger ceramic pot filled with moistened moss.

Ready to start growing your ficus plants? Visit American Plant Supply to purchase growing supplies and plants to get started!