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Care Guide

Ficus Care

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Meet the Ficus

Ficus, commonly known as the rubber plant has large leaves and is easy to care for. Although the Ficus plants grow naturally in lowland tropical forests they can thrive in a large range of environments.

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Light

Place the Ficus near a window in a room that gets bright light in the summer with more moderate light in the winter. Turn the plant occasionally so all the growth does not occur on one side.

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Pet Friendly

No

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Water

Water weekly during the summer with room temperature water. Add water until it drains from the bottom of the pot. Discard the excess water if it flows into a container. Adjust the watering for your plant. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. If the leaves turn yellow and begin to drop, you may need to increase or decrease the amount of water. Check the root ball. If the roots are soggy water the plant less often. If they are dry, increase watering. Humidity and light levels affect the amount of water needed.

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Humidity

High

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Temperature

Ficus plants will do best in temperatures between 50° to 85° F. If the temperatures exceed this the leaves will loose their turgid appearance. It is best to avoid any quick temperature drops.

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Difficult Level

Easy

   Common Problems Q&A

 Why are my leaves dry and brown?

You may be under watering your plant, it is best to maintain a consistent watering schedule and water your Ficus when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry. It is also a good idea to trim off the brown leaves so your plant can put more energy into healthy new growth.

Why are my leaves dropping?

Ficus plants like to have consistently moist soil. Make sure you are not over or under watering your plant and try maintaining a regular watering schedule.

Why are my leaves yellowing?

This is likely due to water stress or low humidity. If the soil is moist and you still notice yellowing leaves try misting the leaves to increase humidity.

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Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy'
Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy'
Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy'

Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy'

$22.99
  • Botanical Name: Ficus elastica
  • Common Name(s): Rubber Plant, Rubber Tree, Rubber Fig
  • Description: Native to India and Southeast Asia, the Ficus elastica 'Burgundy' is perfect for those looking for a small indoor tree with thick, leathery, glossy, dark green leaves and pink to purplish stipules. In the wild, it grows up to around 200ft tall, and its roots are used in India to form living bridges. It won't do well in low light spaces, so place in bright indirect light. Water to keep soil moist at all times. Ficus elastica is a source of latex that is toxic to the skin, and poisonous if taken internally, so pet-owners and those allergic to latex should be cautious.
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Ficus 'Audrey'
Ficus 'Audrey'
Ficus 'Audrey'
Ficus 'Audrey'
Ficus 'Audrey'
Ficus 'Audrey'
Ficus 'Audrey'

Ficus 'Audrey'

$22.99
  • Botanical Name: Ficus elastica
  • Common Name(s): Variegated Rubber tree, Ficus Elastica Audrey
  • Description: Native to tropical regions of India and Malaysia, Ficus is a hardy, vibrant evergreen plant. Care is similar to other rubber plants, but the variegation requires more light than the 'Burgundy' variety. It won't do well in low light spaces, so place in bright indirect light. Water to keep soil moist at all times. Ficus elastica is a source of latex that is toxic to the skin, and poisonous if ingested, so pet-owners and those allergic to latex should be cautious.
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Ficus Elastica 'Tineke'
Ficus Elastica 'Tineke'
Ficus Elastica 'Tineke' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Tineke' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Tineke' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Tineke' - House Plant Shop

Ficus Elastica 'Tineke'

$22.99
  • Botanical Name: Ficus elastica
  • Common Name(s): Variegated Rubber tree, Ficus Elastica 'Tineke', Rubber plant
  • Description: Native to tropical regions of India and Malaysia, Ficus Ruby 'Tineke' is a hardy, vibrant evergreen plant with green-yellow and white variegation. Care is similar to other rubber plants, but the variegation requires more light than the 'Burgundy' variety. It won't do well in low light spaces, so place in bright indirect light. Water to keep soil moist at all times. Ficus elastica is a source of latex that is toxic to the skin, and poisonous if ingested, so pet-owners and those allergic to latex should be cautious.
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Ficus 'Ginseng' - House Plant Shop
Ficus 'Ginseng' - House Plant Shop
Ficus 'Ginseng' - House Plant Shop
Ficus 'Ginseng' - House Plant Shop
Ficus 'Ginseng' - House Plant Shop
Ficus 'Ginseng' - House Plant Shop
Ficus 'Ginseng' - House Plant Shop
Ficus 'Ginseng' - House Plant Shop

Ficus 'Ginseng'

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  • Botanical Name: Ficus Ginseng
  • Common Name(s): Pot-bellied Ficus
  • Description: Native to Asia and Australia, Ficus 'Ginseng' is a cultivar used extensively in bonsai for its bulbous, thick roots reminiscent of ginseng that rise out of the ground and has small evergreen leaves and is a popular houseplant for its ease of care and elegant growth. Although the Ficus plant grows naturally in lowland tropical forests, it can thrive in a large range of environments. In its natural habitat, this ficus grows to a large and stately tree up to 100ft tall, so indoor growing may require pruning. Although it was determined that Ficus Ginseng is effective at removing common household air toxins formaldehyde and xylene, it is also a source of allergies, especially for people allergic to latex. Not recommended for pet owners.
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Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop

Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink'

$22.99
  • Botanical Name: Ficus elastica
  • Common Name(s): Variegated Rubber tree, Ficus Elastica Ruby
  • Description: Native to tropical regions of India and Malaysia, Ficus Ruby Pink is a hardy, vibrant evergreen plant with red-pink and white variegation. Care is similar to other rubber plants, but the variegation requires more light than the 'Burgundy' variety. It won't do well in low light spaces, so place in bright indirect light. Water to keep soil moist at all times. Ficus elastica is a source of latex that is toxic to the skin, and poisonous if ingested, so pet-owners and those allergic to latex should be cautious.
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Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'
Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'
Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'
Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'
Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'
Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'
Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'
Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'
Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'

Ficus 'Triangularis Variegated'

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Ficus Triangularis Variegata
  • Common Name(s): Ficus Triangularis Variegated
  • Description: Ficus Triangularis 'Variegata' is a highly sought after and easy to grow houseplant. As the name suggests, it features gorgeous variegated triangular-shaped leaves.
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Ficus Altissima 'Yellow Gem'
Ficus Altissima 'Yellow Gem'
Ficus Altissima 'Yellow Gem'
Ficus Altissima 'Yellow Gem'
Ficus Altissima 'Yellow Gem'
Ficus Altissima 'Yellow Gem'
Ficus Altissima 'Yellow Gem'

Ficus Altissima 'Yellow Gem'

$22.99
  • Botanical Name: Ficus Altissima 'Yellow Gem'
  • Common Name(s): Yellow Gem, Lofty Fig, False Banyan, and Council Tree
  • Description: Ficus 'Yellow Gem' is made up of thick rubbery leaves, with a base color of bright green that features an attractive yellow-green blotchy border and yellow veins. This lemon and lime beauty will develop deeper contrast and variegation with ideal light conditions over time.
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