Ficus

Ficus are low-maintenance indoor plants that thrive easily in any environment. Once they have settled into their new home, they grow best with bright indirect light, and a consistent watering schedule. Avoid putting them under direct sunlight.


How to care for your Ficus

Ficus Burgundy (Rubber Plant)

Light

Rubber Plant prefers ample bright indirect light, which gives its leaves its dark burgundy color. A great spot to place them would be next to a window with lots of natural light. The amount of light received will change the color and size of the leaves. The dark burgundy color will fade to a light green with low light. And the leaves will grow bigger if less light is received while growing.

Water

Let your top soil dry out to about 50%-75% before watering. Then, water thoroughly until it drains into the saucer. Discard any excess water so that the roots do not sit in them. Refrain from splashing water onto the leaves as this will cause stains. Keep a watering schedule to avoid overwatering your plant.

Humidity

Rubber plant appreciates high humidity and this can be achieved with regular misting. This also helps to keep the leaves clean and keep mites away.

Fertilizer

Add fertilizer once a month to boost the growth of your rubber plant.

Toxicity

Ingestion of rubber plant's leaves which are mildly toxic to pets and humans may cause mouth and stomach irritation.

Additional Tips

The height of a Rubber Tree can be easily managed by cutting off the top to meet your desired height. Likewise, you may trim back unwanted branches to create a fuller shape. Keep the leaves clean and glossy by gently wiping them down with a soft cloth and warm water. A minimal amount of liquid hand soap can be used to gently remove any stubborn stains.


Ficus Tineke (Rubber Plant Variegated)

Light

Your Ficus Tineke requires bright indirect light especially to maintain its beautiful red variegation on new leaves. .

Water

Keep a consistent watering schedule, allowing the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering thoroughly.

Humidity

Humidity is important to keep Ficus healthy. Give them a boost in humidity with regular misting, using a pebble tray with water, or place a humidifier closeby.

Fertilizer

Add fertilizer once a month to boost the growth of your Ficus Tineke.

Toxicity

Not pet friendly, may cause mouth and stomach irritation to human and pets when ingested.

Additional Tips

The sap of a Ficus tree is a mildly toxic irritant, which could leak out where cuts have been made. Be careful when pruning not to get the sap on your hands or skin. If that happens, immediately wash off with soap and warm water.


Ficus Altissima (Rubber Plant Lemon Lime)

Light

Ficus Altissima thrives with bright indirect light. Avoid placing them under direct sunlight as this could burn their leaves. .

Water

Keep a consistent watering schedule, allowing the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering thoroughly. Discard any excess water so that the roots do not sit in them.

Humidity

Humidity is important to keep Ficus healthy. Give them a boost in humidity with regular misting, using a pebble tray with water, or place a humidifier closeby.

Fertilizer

Add fertilizer once a month to boost the growth of your Ficus Tineke.

Toxicity

Not pet friendly, may cause mouth and stomach irritation to human and pets when ingested.

Additional Tips

Ficus plants take some time to adjust to its new environment. Reduce any unnecessary plant moving, as any sudden changes may cause leaves to drop. The sap of the Ficus plant is a mildly toxic irritant which could leak out where the cuts are being made. Be careful when pruning to avoid getting the sap on your hands or skin. If that happens, wash with soap and warm water immediately.


Common Issues for your Ficus

Why are the leaves turning brown?

Ensure that your plant is clean to allow its energy to be directed to new healthy growth. Remove any brown leaves and trim off any effected portion with a pair of scissors. In between each snip, remember to rub down the blades of your scissors with alcohol. Do not remove more than 20% of the affected leaves at a go as this could put your plant in shock, so trim your plant in stages.

Extremely dry soil

Keep a consistent watering schedule to avoid underwatering your Ficus. Water when the top 3-5cm of soil are dry. If the soil is completely dry out, leaves may crisp up, turn brown and fall. If the soil is extremely dry, give your plant a good soak.

Follow these steps to thoroughly soak your Ficus:

  1. Fill a sink or tub with about 10cm of water, place your pot into the water without the saucer.
  2. Allow your plant to sit for at least 45 mins while water gets soak up through the drainage hole.
  3. Check the top layer soil to confirm it is moist, otherwise you may water it slightly from the top.
  4. Once your plant's soil is thoroughly moist, you may drain the sink/tub and allow the water to drain for a while prior to placing it back on its saucer and back in its usual spot.

Lack of humidity

One of the easiest ways to bring a boost of humidity to the plant’s surrounding environment is by regular misting. Placing your plant on top of a pebble tray with water is another easy way to increase humidity around a plant. Or place a humidifier next to your plant. Lastly, give them a lukewarm shower for 30 seconds from time to time to increase humidity and rinse off any dust or mites.


Why are my Ficus leaves dropping?

Inconsistent soil moisture

Keeping a watering schedule to help maintain a consistently moist soil. Water when the top inch of the soil is dry. If soil is completely dry out, place the potted plant in a sink filled with water to rehydrate the soil. Be mindful that Ficus like to have consistently moist soil. Keep a watering schedule to maintain consistency–water when the top inch of the soil is dry. If soil is dry out completely, soak the tree’s container in the sink to properly rehydrate the soil. Be mindful that the change in soil moisture from bone-dry to saturated can be stressful for your Ficus and might cause leaves to drop. Do give it some time to adjust.

Lack of humidity

Ficus will thrive in slightly humid environments. Increase the humidity around your plant by regular misting, using a pebble tray with water, or placing a humidifier closeby.

Was the plant just moved, shipped or otherwise shocked?

Ficus plants are finicky about being moved, so reduce changing location unless necessary. Keep in mind that sudden changes can cause stress or shock to your plant, resulting in leaves dropping. Once all other care necessities are being met, allow a few weeks for your plants to adjust to the new environment, they will likely recover by themselves.


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