Did you know… the Ficus elastica is also known as the Rubber Plant? This plant was in fact widely used for the extraction of rubber. On this page you’ll find all information on Ficus care, from the ideal spot until repotting instructions. Follow these Ficus care guidelines and help yours live a long and healthy life.
The Ficus is one of the most popular indoor plants for the home and office. It’s a stylish plant that quite easy to care for. The Ficus originates from Africa, South America, Australia and Asia. There are all kinds of different types of Ficus, each with their own characteristics. The Ficus elastica, for example, has large leathery leaves. The Ficus benjamina, on the other hand, is known many small, pointy leaves. The Ficus ginseng doesn’t look like any of the above: it resembles a bonsai tree.
The Ficus is a strong plant that’s very easy to care for. It basically only needs you to prevent the potting soil from drying out and to keep it in one spot. Read on for all Ficus care tips.
Ficus light requirements
The light requirements differ per Ficus variety. Tree-like varieties are best placed in a light spot, whereas other varieties prefer a spot in partial shade. It’s best not to move the Ficus once you’ve given it a spot in your home.
Ficus care: water
Water the Ficus using lukewarm water, and be careful not to overwater it. It’s best to give just enough water to moisten the potting soil. If you have a tree-like Ficus, you can allow the potting soil to dry before watering again. Regularly mist the Ficus to prevent dust formation on the leaves and to help protect it against pests.
Only repot the Ficus when it is necessary, and no more than once every two years. The ideal time to repot is during spring. We recommend placing a layer hydro granules at the bottom of the pot when repotting. That way, it won’t matter if you overwater the plant, as the hydro granules provide drainage.
Ficus care: Fertilizer requirements
Once you receive the plant, it will not need any fertilizer for the next 2 months. This is because the plant can still obtain sufficient nutrition from the fresh potting soil. After these initial 2 months, the Ficus will need fertilizer during spring and summer. For the specific amount of plant food, have a look at the packaging and never use more than recommended. This can lead to damage to the roots. The plant does not need any nutrients during the fall and winter.
Is the Ficus plant poisonous?
All outdoor and indoor plants on Plantler have a decorative purpose; they’re not fit for consumption – unless it is explicitly stated that they are (i.e. a fruit tree). Pruning the plant releases a milky juice, which can be irritating when it comes into contact with the skin. When ingested, both humans and animals can develop red, itchy bumps on the skin.