Ficus (Rubber tree plant) - Care tips
The Ficus plant adds a little grace and beauty to your home. Growing Ficus indoors is relatively easy, although they can be stubborn on occasion. But who doesn’t? The Ficus is a versatile plant and you can find them in all shapes and sizes, also in our online shop. There’s a Ficus for everyone!
Information about Ficus
The Ficus is a genus with around 900 species (WOW). Most people commonly refer a Weeping Fig as simply a Ficus but this is just one member of the Ficus genus. The genus includes trailing types, Bonsai, Fruit trees and of course the indoor Ficus plants and trees. In the right conditions, the Ficus is a relatively fast grower. So if you got a larger kind of Ficus it can become troublesome because it can quickly outgrow its space.
In nature, Ficus can be found in almost all 'warmer' continents. From Africa, South America to Australia and Asia. Unfortunately not in (most of) Europe, but with a greenhouse we can get very far! Good to know: the Ficus is on the list of the ten most air-purifying plants in the world.. How cool is that!
We would like to introduce you to some different species of Ficus. The first we don’t want to keep from you is the Ficus Robusta or also referred to as the Rubber Tree Plant. With her dark green, leathery leaves, the Robusta is a tough but elegant looking presence. All she really wants is space to grow upwards – this girl is really reaching for the stars!
The next beautiful Ficus is the Ficus Lyrata, this plant is also called the Violin Plant or the Fiddle leaf Ficus. This plant has amazing large violin shaped leaves that grow upright. This is really going to be a beautiful statement in your home.
The last Ficus that we want to highlight is the Ficus Elastica Tineke. This plant had large, striking oval leaves, just like her sister Robusta. She has something special though, she has white variegated leaves that look a bit like a camouflage army uniform. She is humble because she doesn’t ask for a lot of space or a bright spotlight. She doesn’t like direct sunlight.
Ficus Plant Care Tips
Ficus are very easy to care for once they are settled into their new environment. In nature, the Ficus grows in warmer areas. The sun is bright more than half of the year. The Ficus is therefore certainly used to some sunlight. From spring until the cold fall and winter they will keep on growing and in the colder months they use much less energy so she will need a lot less of everything.
Our tip to you: your Ficus needs to adjust to new environments, so don’t be alarmed if your Ficus drops a few leaves upon arriving at your home.
Light and placement for Ficus
The Ficus can be placed in bright lighted places, even in direct sunlight sometimes. So next to a window would be the best spot! We still recommend to check per variety though. Plant your Ficus in a well-draining potting mix. Soil with added vermiculite or perlite for drainage, or mix your own if you have a better mix in mind. Plant her in a pot with drainage holes so the water can run out.
During the summer it is good to water your Ficus weekly. Water her with room-temperature water and add water until it drains from the bottom of the pot. Allow the soil to slightly dry between watering. When leaves begin to drop or when they turn yellow it is the sign to increase or decrease the amount of water. You then should check the roots. If the roots are soggy water the plant less often and if they are dry, increase watering.
Fertilize your Ficus during the active growth period (summer until fall). You will then see new healthy growth.
Propagating Ficus is definitely possible, some are very hard and others easier! For most Ficus it just takes a cut from the stem (between 2 nodes) or air layering (Wound an area in the middle of a branch by peeling the bark away, then wrap the moist sphagnum moss around the cut and secure it). We recommend to always double check the best way to propagate your type of Ficus.
Most common pest on Ficus
Incorrect care and lack of humidity are the main reasons pests may appear on your Ficus. Spider mites are probably the most common pest. When pests are present it is best to put your plant in isolation until she is completely pest free. Not sure what to do when pest appear? Just visit our PLNTS Doctor and you’ll know what to do!
Are Ficus poisonous for pets or children?
Unfortunately the Ficus is toxic for your furry friends but also humans. The juice of the Ficus can cause irritation as soon as the skin comes into contact. So please keep in mind to keep an eye on your little ones or furry friends while having this plant in your home. We wouldn’t want your love of plants to cause problems for the rest of your household.
Buy your new Ficus at PLNTS.com
At PLNTS.com you can buy over different types of the Ficus, like the Ficus Benghalensis Roy, the Ficus Robusta and the Ficus Lyrata. With many varieties to choose from, there really is a Ficus for everyone!
Whether you like your Ficus big from the start or prefer to grow them from tiny BabyPLNTS into full-grown PLNTS - we’ve got you covered!