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Caring For A Ficus Plant

The ficus plant is among the most well-known of indoor plants. Primarily houseplants, all types of ficus do require some proper care in order to survive and to thrive. While not very difficult to care for, it is important that you know the basics in order to get the most from your plants.


One of the most important factors in caring for a ficus plant is temperature. While some aspects of care vary between the types of plants, all require that the temperature be maintained at a minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.


As for watering, that does vary by type of ficus. A general rule of thumb is that if the ficus plant is a tree type, you should let the soil become dry to the touch before adding more water. 

The soil for other types of ficus should remain slightly wet to the touch.

You should keep the number of moves a ficus plant makes from pot to pot at a minimum. The longer you can leave it in the same pot, the better.

Below are short descriptions of a few types of ficus plants.

Weeping Fig

While you may not recognize the name, this is the most popular type of ficus plant.  It can reach a height of nearly six feet tall. It is a bit of a temperamental plant. 

Focus on making sure this plant always has sufficient light and water and try to keep it in one spot rather than moving it around.

Rubber Plant

This popular ficus plant makes sense for keeping in an office because it can easily go a few days between watering.  They do need bright light, so be sure to place near a door or window.

As mentioned above, ficus plants need proper care in order to survive. Below are some of the most common problems associated with these houseplants.

Shed Leaves

If your ficus plant loses a lot of leaves rather suddenly, it is likely due to one of two issues.

The most common problem that causes shed leaves is over watering. Take care to make sure that the soil is dry to the touch before watering.

If the plant is a Weeping Fig, the issue that caused the shed leaves is more than likely a lack of light.

Dry Leaves

If your ficus plant is a trailing plant, the dry leaves are the result of the plant not getting enough water.

As mentioned above, the trees should be allowed to dry out, but the trailing plants must remain wet at all times.

A ficus plant is a great choice for a houseplant, even for a beginner. Do not be scared off by the potential problems. They can all be avoided by simply taking time to make sure your plants have the proper amount of water and sunlight.

Houseplants add color and warmth to your home.  Add some ficus plants today and see what a difference a little green can make.



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