Year-round enjoyment of the ficus plant is easy when you opt to grow this delightful plant indoors. Commonly known as the fig, this plant is relatively simple to grow even for a beginning gardener, although it is imperative that you’re understanding of the trees needs for proper care and growth.
Choosing Your Pot
More than 800 different ficus plant varieties exist, but only a handful of them are grown indoors. Once you’ve selected the type of fig to grow, the next step is selecting the pot for the plant. Both trailing ficus and plants are available. Your choice here should better determine the pot that you use. Hanging pots work wonders for trailing ficus. Wood or plastic baskets that allow the penetration of the soil as well as for maximum drainage of excess water is ideal. These baskets or posts should be 12 – 18 inches deep and 12- 18 inches in diameter.
Sunlight, Watering & Care
Growing the ficus plant in a room that has plenty of sunshine is a must. This plant thrives on sunshine and needs and 12- 13 hours of it each day. During the beautiful days of summer, your plant may benefit from being outside for a good portion of the day, but do remember the risk of pests invading the leaves. Choose a room that allows the ficus to receive direct contact with the sunlight, and consider the use of a lamp fixture during the winter. It is imperative that you prevent any drafts from entering the room housing the plant. This includes those that may occur from windows or doors. Spraying the leaves with a light mist of water during the winter is ideal to prevent leaves from drying and breaking off.
Your ficus needs more water during the summer. Ensure that the soil is kept moist, but do not saturate the soil. In the winter, your plant may lose leaves as it begins to dry. Cutting back on the amount of water offered to the plant helps minimize this occurrence.
Harvesting your Ficus Plant
Once each month, use a special fertilizer on your ficus. The fertilizer provides added and useful nutrients to the health of your plant and ensures that it thrives month after month. Remove any yellowed leaves as you spot them. Do not re-pot the ficus plant if you want to prevent overgrowth. The figs may be picked from the tree or shrubs
Indoor Ficus Growing Tips for Success
- High humidity around the plant provides ideal growth conditions
- Ficus plants grow rapidly when properly cared for
- Ficus plants do not adapt well to changing climates, so it is never a good idea to move your plant from one room to the next
- Indoor pests can and will harm your plant, especially if there are dead leaves on it or if it is not being well-taken care of
- Temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Celsius are most suitable for ficus tree growth