Fabulous Ficus Family Care Guide

Fabulous Ficus Family Care Guide

Bring your outside inside with the GORGEOUS Ficus family! Most growing up to three metres, they are a great large statement plant making them super popular for styling in interior design magazines. Over time many have fallen in love with these beauties without knowing they can be sassy divas. The effort in their care is worth the rewards! Let's introduce the Ficus family and some care tips for them.


fiddle leaf fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Hello, lush green foliage welcome to your new home! Fiddle Leaf Figs are a crowd favourite and it's easy to see why with their big fiddle-shaped leaves. Fiddle Leaf Figs are also known as Ficus Lyratas, are sold at the plant collective in a few different sizes as well as single or double stemmed but the care plan is the same. 

Lighting- Bright Indirect (Direct light will cause blemishes on their gorgeous leaves) 

Water- Moderate (A deep soak once a week is usually enough but allow the top 2inches of soil to dry out before watering again) 

Soil- Well- Draining (To learn more check out our blog, Growing Mediums)

Temperature- Medium to high humidity. They are sensitive to drafts and cold. 

Propagation- Stem Cuttings

Tips- Rotate regularly to create fuller growth 

Mildly toxic to pets


ficus elastica

Ficus Elastica

Ficus Elastica also known as Rubber Plants come in heaps of different colour variations. They are a great plant for forgetful plant parents as they are low maintenance. They can be trained to grow in a shape you want or grow upward if left alone. In-store we have the Black-Knight, Tineke, Ruby and Burgundy varieties. 

Lighting- Bright Indirect (Direct light will cause blemishes on their gorgeous leaves) 

Water- Moderate (A deep soak once a week is usually enough but allow the top 2inches of soil to dry out before watering again) 

Soil- Well- Draining (To learn more check out our blog, Growing Mediums)

Temperature- Medium. They are sensitive to drafts, cold and heat from being near a window(Heat can cause burns on leaves). 

Propagation- Stem Cuttings

Tips- Rotate regularly to create fuller growth 

Mildly toxic to pets


Ficus

Ficus Benjamina

Although in the ficus family the Ficus Benjamina has a notable difference from the other, small dainty leaves. Ficus Benjamina are more commonly known as Weeping Figs because of their habit of shedding leaves when it doesn't receive the love it desires. If you keep this fussy plant happy it is a great air purifier. Keep your Weeping fig stress free with these tips.

Lighting- Bright Indirect (Direct light will cause blemishes on their dainty leaves) 

Water- Consistent watering(A deep soak once a week is usually enough but allow the top 2inches of soil to dry out before watering again) 

Soil- Well- Draining (To learn more check out our blog, Growing Mediums)

Temperature- Medium to high humidity. They are sensitive to drafts and cold. 

Propagation- Stem Cuttings

Tips- Rotate regularly to create fuller growth 

Mildly toxic to pets


Ficus Audrey

Ficus Benghalensis 'Audrey'

Ficus benghalensis 'Audrey' is more commonly known as the Bengal Fig. Bengal figs are believed to be the tree under which the Buddha sat to achieve enlightenment. Outdoors these beauties are some of the largest trees in the world reaching 30m tall and spread over 200m wide! However, when kept indoors they get to around 3m tall. Although they are much more forgiving than some of their other family members here are some tips on keeping the Bengal Fig happy and healthy.

Lighting- Bright Indirect (can tolerate small amounts of morning sun) 

Water- Moderate (A deep soak once a week is usually enough but allow the top 2inches of soil to dry out before watering again) 

Soil- Well- Draining (To learn more check out our blog, Growing Mediums)

Temperature- Medium. They are sensitive to drafts, cold and heat from being near a window(Heat can cause burns on leaves). 

Propagation- Stem Cuttings

Tips- Rotate regularly to create fuller growth. Always wear gloves when pruning as the sap is toxic. 

Mildly toxic to pets


 

We hope you love your new Ficus! If you have any further questions or concerns about your Ficus email us at info@plantcollective.co.nz

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