The Q&A Archives: How To Take Care Of Ficus

Question: I received a ficus tree as a house warming gift. I'm not sure of the exact name of the ficus or how to take care of it. The leaves are corregated green and white and it is about 3 feet tall right now. There were no instructions with it and I want to make sure I take care of it correctly. Can you help me?


Answer: It sounds like you have a variegated form of Ficus benjamina or fig tree. This is an easy to care for plant once it adjusts to its new location. Do not panic if it drops some leaves at first, this is its way of responding to change.

Here are some general pointers: The Ficus, sometimes
called Weeping Fig, does best in well lighted areas, but not
much direct sunlight. In Summer give the Ficus plenty of
water, enough to keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet. Fertilize
with a liquid fertilizer twice a month in Summer (follow label
instructions). In Winter, cut back on water somewhat and do not fertilize. Try to keep the atmosphere around the tree somewhat humid in winter during the heating season.
The Ficus will lose its leaves if sudden changes of light or
temperature are made. Don't worry though, it will usually put
on new leaves and adapt itself to the new situation.

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