Ficus plants range from large trees to woody shrubs to trailing vines. The ficus comes in many shapes and sizes that make this a popular focal point in your home.
Ficus (genus Ficus), a group of about 900 species of trees, shrubs, and vines, commonly called figs. Native primarily to tropical areas of East Asia, they are distributed throughout the tropics of world. Many are tall forest trees that are buttressed by great spreading roots; others are planted as ornamentals.
The always popular ficus tree is a member of the fig family and perfect for caring for as a houseplant.
- Max reachable height: It is a tree reaching 2 meters to 30 meters (98 ft) tall in natural conditions.
- Most people keep it as indoor for 2 to 3 years.
Sunlight: Most ficus trees enjoy bright indirect or filtered light with variegated varieties happily able to take medium light. Bright, direct light may result in scalding of the leaves and leaf loss.
Soil: Rich, humusy and well-drained soil
Water: When watering, always check the top of the soil first. If the top of the soil is wet, do not water as this means they have enough moisture. If the top of the soil feels dry to the touch, this indicates that they need water.
Temperature: Ficus trees also cannot tolerate low temperatures or drafts. They need to be kept in temperatures above 60 degrees F(16 degrees C) and actually prefer temperatures above 70 degrees F (21 degrees C).
Fertilizer: Feed with slow-release pellets in the beginning of the growing season. Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer and once every two months in the fall and winter.
Cold drafts from windows or doors will harm them, so make sure to place them somewhere where drafts will not be an issue.Losing its leaves is the most common problems with ficus plants. If your ficus is losing its leaves, go through the checklist of proper ficus tree care and correct anything that you find wrong.