• About Ficus

    The ficus is native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including parts of Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia. There are more than 800 different species of ficus , ranging from small houseplants to large trees. Many types of ficus are grown as ornamental plants for their decorative leaves. Some Ficus such as 'Ficus Elastica' are very easy to care for. Other types are a little more challenging.

    Ficus assortment
  • Features Ficus

    • Very thirsty
    • Lots of indirect light - full sun
    • Air purifying
    • Toxic to pets

Care of the Ficus

Light and temperature

The placement of your Ficus is highly dependent on the species you bring into your home. The Ficus Elastica (also known as rubber plant) can be grown in the shade, but also in full sun. You can actually place it anywhere in the house.

Other types of Ficus need a lot of light, but not direct sunlight. Place the plant 2-3 meters in front of a south-facing window or directly in front of a north, west or east window.

If they receive too little sunlight, growth will slow significantly. As a result, the plant is no longer strong enough to produce a new leaf in time if one falls off.

Important : Ficus are grown under controlled light. A transition to direct sunlight can burn your leaves. So move it closer to the window step by step.

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Watering Ficus

The soil of a ficus should always be slightly moist . Make sure that the roots are not in the water. It is therefore best to give small amounts of water at a time. Is the soil starting to feel drier? Then give it some water again.

Do you choose a Ficus Elastica? Then the soil certainly does not always have to be slightly moist. This species needs little water . When in doubt, avoid watering.

To prevent root rot , there should absolutely not be a layer of water at the bottom of the pot. So always check with your finger whether the soil is dry enough to water again.

It is difficult to say exactly how much water your Ficus needs. The size of your plant/pot, the season, the location, etc. all influence this. The golden tip remains to feel with your finger whether the sand is dry.

Tip : Ficuses love a wonderful spray! Ideal for preventative removal of dust and spider mites.

Feed Ficus

You only need to give a ficus extra nutrition in the spring and summer months when the nutrition from your potting soil has been used up. We recommend organic houseplant food for this.

Do not feed the Ficus during the winter months . Then the plant is at rest. Feeding it then will damage your plant.

Ficus cuttings

You can take Ficus cuttings in moist peat and sand or in water . You do this by cutting a head cutting from the plant in the spring. Prune a branch with at least 2 leaves of your Ficus.

Rinse the 'juice' from the wound and place the cutting in water or in a mix of sand and peat.

Pruning Ficus

It can be useful to give your ficus an annual pruning . This way your plant remains nice and compact without shoots and more sunlight reaches the core of the Ficus. You can easily prune with pruning shears .

Repotting Ficus

If your plant grows too large for the growing pot, it is best to repot it to a pot that is at least 20% larger . You do this in the spring because the Ficus then has enough energy to repair any damage.

Important : the more often you repot it, the faster your Ficus will grow.

Typical Ficus problems

Is a Ficus poisonous?

Yes. The milky white sap that is released after pruning is irritating on dry skin. Eating the leaves by pets and children can lead to bumps on the skin. If in doubt, contact your doctor or veterinarian.

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