Like the name suggests, the Ficus is a tree and is more commonly known as a weeping fig. It is usually found in both subtropical and tropical regions such as Southeast Asia and Australia; however, it is more popular as an indoor plant.
The best part about the tree is that no matter the size, whether big or small, this particular houseplant maintains a tree’s shape. The leaves are glossy and dark, grown on slender branches that emerge from a grey trunk. The size is perfect for an indoor plant that grows up to 6 feet inside.
Although taking care of a Ficus Tree is tricky, as long as you know which tips to follow, your tree will flourish.
Similar to other houseplants, a Ficus requires bright indirect sunlight to thrive. They can also survive in filtered light, such as through curtains, but bright indirect sunlight works best.
If you want to keep the tree outside during summers, make sure the pot is in the shade. Be careful not to expose them to direct sunlight as the leaves tend to burn.
The Ficus tree likes water; however, it doesn’t prefer the soil to be soggy. Hence, before watering the tree, you can touch the soil’s top to check if it’s wet. If it’s wet, that means you don’t need to add any more water for the time being.
You have to figure out a moderate balance of feeding the tree with water. Either way, the roots shouldn’t be soggy at any given point in time.
Temperature and Humidity
The temperature needs to be above 60 Fahrenheit. They cannot tolerate temperatures lower than this and won’t grow at all.
Like most houseplants, the Ficus tree requires high humidity to bloom. There are many ways to create humidity, such as regularly spraying a water mist on the plant or plugging a humidifier nearby.
You can also create a pebble tray; place pebbles on a tray and then pour water until only the top layer of the pebbles are above water. Place the plant on the tray. This way, the water will create a mist around the plant without damaging the roots.
Another most common way to increase humidity is to place a whole group of plants together to create a pocket of humidity; however, the Ficus tree is large and gives a pleasing aesthetic look on its own.
During the summer months, which are the growing months for this tree, a liquid fertilizer will do wonders for the plant at half its strength. As an alternative, a slow pellet fertilizer once the growing season starts will also provide the plan with a boost.
The Ficus tree doesn’t appreciate drafts; hence they should be kept away from open doors and windows during windy weather. You can move the plant outside in the shade during summer weather but move it back inside once winter approaches.
It’s better if you take care of the plant rather than let it tell you it needs to be taken care of. Sometimes, if you have enough time on your hands, you can even prune the leaves to give them a neat look. There can be leaves which dry up, and by removing them, you will be giving space to new leaves for growth.
If the above tips are not well balanced or managed, the Ficus tree regularly sheds its leaves. It can be from low humidity or wither overwatering or underwatering of the plant, drafts, or pests.
Pests come about when the plant isn’t taken care of properly, in the form of mealybugs, aphids, or scale. Neem oil is an excellent solution to take care of a pest infestation.
With proper care given to the plant, it can last your whole lifetime! This is an excellent one-time investment for an ornament in your home or office space. And the best part? It doesn’t require repotting for decades, hence no hassle in changing the soil.
However, this tree has a particular kind of sticky sap on it, which can be harmful to children and pets; hence it’s a good idea to make sure they don’t nibble on the leaves.
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