The long popular ficus trees belong to the fig genus. Although only a few are seen in cultivation, there are hundreds of species of ficus. They are native throughout the tropics, including Asia, America and Africa.

Growing Conditions:

Light: The ideal location for your fig tree is where it will receive bright medium light or lots of indirect light throughout the day. During the dark winter months, it will appreciate bright light in a south window. Wiping its leaves of dust keeps the ficus looking its best and also allows it to take in the maximum amount of sunlight.  *Be careful, only acclimated plants can handle direct sun.
Water: Water evenly throughout the summer and reduce watering in the winter. In general, the ficus requires more water during times of the year when it is receiving more light, and less water during the winter. In dry homes, provide plenty of ambient moisture by misting often.
Temperature: Warm in summer. The ficus plant is sensitive to cold temperatures, so site it away from doorways and drafty windows. Do not allow below 55ºF in winter or expose to cold drafts.

Ficus Varieties at The Palm Room:

  • F. benajmina ‘curly’
  • F. elastica
     
  •  f. elastica ‘variegata’

  • F. lyrata (fiddle leaf fig)

  • Common Ficus

Curious Leaf Drop

“If you have just brought your ficus indoors after a summer vacation outside, it is no doubt going through a period of adjustment and some–maybe lots–of its leaves are yellowing and dropping.

This leaf shedding is not necessarily a sign that your ficus is sick or unhappy, but simply that it is adjusting to a change in temperature, light and humidity. The leaf drop of a ficus is actually a survival mechanism in its native habitat of south and southeast Asia, where it is adapted to two seasons, dry and rainy. Ficus trees grow rapidly during the rainy season, filling out their leaf canopies. During the dry season, they survive by shedding foliage. So be patient with your weeping fig as you rake up its leaves; provide it with lots of light as it adjusts to being indoors, and it will soon recover and resume growth.”

-helpful information and tips gathered from Dave’s Garden, our favorite website for indoor plant help

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