Ficus Care

Ficus are elegant, low-maintenance plants that are able to thrive in the correct environment. They may take a little bit to adjust to their new spot once you bring them home, but with the right amount of light and watering, they will be the perfect addition to your collection. 

 

VARIETIES OF FICUS:

Burgundy Rubber Tree Ficus Elastica 

To maintain the beauty of your Rubber Tree, it is important to clean the leaves, gently, with a damp cloth; which will keep them shiny. To remove water stains, add a small amount of soap to the cloth. 

Your Rubber Tree will continue to grow in height, but if its filled the space its in, you can cut the top off to stunt the growth. Remove dead leaves, and trim occasionally, to allow more growth within to keep the plant full. 

Light : consistent, bright, filtered light 

TIP : They can live in lower light; which will lighten the leaves to greenish, but produce larger leaves. To produce the dark, burgundy color of the leaves.

Water : Its time to water when the top half of dirt becomes dry. Get your fingers dirty and stick them in the pot to feel the moisture of the dirt. When it is time, water thoroughly, and allow the excess to drain out the bottom. Ensure the soil stays moist without drowning the plant. If there is extra water that comes through to the saucer make sure to discard so there is no standing water; which can lead to root rot. 

 

Variegated Rubber Tree Ficus Tineke

Rubber Trees contain a milky latex substance within that is a mildly toxic irritant. It is important to wash immediately with soap and water if it gets on your skin. 

Light : bright, indirect light 

Water : Water thoroughly once the top inch or so is completely dry. During drier months you will need to water less due to slower growth. 

 

Creeping Fig Ficus Repens Green 

Clearly this Ficus is named due to its vine like growing pattern. Creeping Fig can climb up shelves and walls due to having aerial roots. I suggest using nails, hooks, etc to help your Creeping Fig grown in the direction you would prefer. 

The aerial roots secrete a latex substance (which is a skin irritant) to help attach to surfaces! 

Light : bright indirect light / east or west-facing window

Water : Its time to water when the top half of dirt becomes dry. Get your fingers dirty and stick them in the pot to feel the moisture of the dirt. When it is time, water thoroughly, and allow the excess to drain out the bottom. Ensure the soil stays moist without drowning the plant. If there is extra water that comes through to the saucer make sure to discard so there is no standing water; which can lead to root rot. 

  

 

EASY CARE FACTS:

Fertilizing:

Add diluted liquid fertilizer, monthly, during warm growing months, and pause fertilizing during cooler months when growing is at a minimum.  

Humidity:

It is greatly suggested to utilize a humidifier, pebble tray, or frequent misting to boost humidity. 

Temperature:

average room temperatures of 65-78 degrees ; avoid cool drafts 

Toxicity:

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

TIPS AND TRICKS

Group several humidity-loving plants together in a small area; which will create a micro-climate. 

In the winter, watering and fertilizing can be less due to your plant going into a dormant period where it will not grow as quickly. I promise during warmer months it will be like your plant woke back up!