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Ficus Tree Care: Tips For Growing Ficus Indoors

Ficus trees are a common plant in the home and office, mainly because they look like a typical tree with a single trunk and a spreading canopy. But for all of their popularity, ficus plants are finicky. However, if you know how to care for a ficus tree, you’ll be better equipped with keeping it healthy and happy in your home for years.

Learn About Ficus Houseplants

What is commonly referred to as a ficus is technically a weeping fig. It’s a member of the Ficus genus of plants, which also includes rubber trees and fig fruit trees, but when it comes to houseplants, most people refer to a weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) as simply a ficus.

Ficus trees can maintain their tree-like shape regardless of their size, so this makes them ideal for bonsais or for massive houseplants in large spaces. Their leaves can be either dark green or variegated. In recent years, some imaginative nurseries have started to take advantage of their pliable trunks to braid or twist the plants into different forms.

Growing Ficus Indoors

Most ficus trees enjoy bright indirect or filtered light with variegated varieties happily able to take medium light. Bright, direct light may result in scalding of the leaves and leaf loss.

Ficus trees also cannot tolerate low temperatures or drafts. They need to be kept in temperatures above 60 F. (16 C.) and actually prefer temperatures above 70 F. (21 C.). Cold drafts from windows or doors will harm them, so make sure to place them somewhere where drafts will not be an issue.

How to Care for a Ficus Tree

When growing ficus indoors, it’s important to maintain a relatively high humidity around the plant. Regular misting or setting the ficus tree on a pebble tray filled with water is a great way to increase their humidity, but keep in mind that while they like high humidity, they don’t like overly wet roots. Therefore, when watering, always check the top of the soil first. If the top of the soil is wet, don’t water as this means they have enough moisture. If the top of the soil feels dry to the touch, this indicates that they need water.

Also while caring for a ficus plant, be aware that they are rapid growers and require plenty of nutrients to grow well. Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer and once every two months in the fall and winter.

Common Problems When Caring for a Ficus Plant

Almost everyone who has owned a ficus tree has asked themselves at some point, “Why is my ficus tree dropping its leaves?” A ficus tree losing its leaves is the most common problem these plants have. Leaf drop is a ficus tree’s standard reaction to stress, whether it’s from any of the following:

  • Under watering or over watering
  • Low humidity
  • Too little light
  • Relocation or repotting
  • Drafts
  • Change in temperature (too hot or cold)
  • Pests

If your ficus is losing its leaves, go through the checklist of proper ficus tree care and correct anything that you find wrong.

Ficus are also prone to pests such as mealybugs, scale and spider mites. A healthy ficus tree will not see these problems, but a stressed ficus tree (likely losing leaves) will surely develop a pest problem quickly. “Sap” dripping from a ficus houseplant, which is actually honeydew from an invading pest, is a sure sign of an infestation. Treating the plant with neem oil is a good way to handle any of these pest issues.

Ficus Plants

Creeping Fig – Ficus Pumila

Creeping fig ficus plants are climbing plants which are very easy to care and maintain. Small leaves and and wiry like stems will creep anywhere you allow them to. These are very different plants compared to the tree type ficus. You’ll need to be prepared to do some pruning and provide a suitable pot or even a moss stick.

Fiddle Leaf Fig – Ficus Lyrata

The fiddle leaf ficus is a tree type plant with the largest leaves of all from this genus. This species is sensitive to low light and cold temperatures, so a grower must be cautious when growing the lyrata indoors. It grows up to 3 metres tall which makes it a brilliant ornamental plant for rooms with tall ceilings.

Rubber Plant – Ficus Elastica

The rubber plant (ficus elastica) is another tree like species with four popular varieties. The most popular is the decora which has large green oval shaped leaves and the robusta which has larger leaves. It’s not as sensitive as the fiddle leaf fig and can tolerate lower light conditions. Make sure you don’t overwater this plant.

Weeping Fig – Ficus Benjamina

Weeping figs are the most popular plants from the ficus genus and one of the most common from all ornamental house plants grown today. This is a small tree with many cultivars including the popular variegated type. Just like bonsai’s these need pruning regularly to create that full bush like appearance.

Ficus Plants Guide

The ficus genus of ornamental plants is a range of species which are very popular for growing indoors, whether in a house, conservatory, office, or hotel. They are not hard plants to grow; most people just above beginner level can grow and maintain them very well.

The two most popular is the weeping fig (small tree) and the rubber plant (much larger tree).

Care Basics

  • Temperatures: Most thrive well in average temperatures of 60 – 75°F (15 – 24°C.
  • Light: Bright light with indirect sunlight, but check the specific plant.
  • Watering: The tree types do not like to be over-watered and find it hard to recover after damage caused from over-watering Be careful here and read the instructions for each species.
  • Humidity: Average humidity is fine with some misting.
  • Propagation: Some are very hard and others easier. They’re propagated by stem tip cuttings or air layering – depending on the species.

Common Problems

  • Losing bottom leaves: Most of the tree types will lose leaves after turning yellow, but the check conditions are OK.
  • Browning leaf edges: Usually to do with lack of water, low humidity, lack of light or a combination.
  • Dry leaves: Too much direct sunlight, artificial heating or low humidity.
  • Losing leaves all of sudden: This can be caused by sudden temperature changes, moving the plant, cold drafts but over-watering is the common culprit.

Note: Check information about a specific species for accuracy (care and problems).

Ficus Benjamina (Weeping Fig)

Weeping Fig Care Guide

Light

Your Ficus will need a location which is fairly bright in order for it to do well indoors. Some shade is okay, but you do have to be careful as if the light levels are too low then in a short time your Weeping Fig will tell you it’s unhappy by shedding leaves. Some direct sunshine will be fine, but midday sun could be too much for your plant, so early morning or late afternoon sunshine is best.

Watering

Most Ficus plants are normally tolerant of occasional watering mistakes, so giving too much or too little from time to time will not usually do any long term harm. For a thriving happy plant you will want to get it right though and that means keeping the soil moist for much of the time. In other words, the potting soil shouldn’t be a soaking, sodden mess and equally, it shouldn’t resemble bone dried dust.

Humidity

The humidity in your home or office isn’t overly important. Insufficient watering will mean the humidity needs to be higher and too much watering will mean low humidity levels are needed to decrease the chances of your plant rotting.

Clearly the best option, therefore, is to be able to ignore humidity as a care requirement completely and to be able to do that, you just need to water it correctly by following the watering instructions above.

Feeding

The leaves on your Weeping Fig might look small, but there is a lot of them, which means it can be quite a heavy feeder. To keep yours happy with lush green leaves, look to feed up to once every month during the growing seasons, none needed in Winter.

Temperature

The average temperature in the standard home or office is brilliant. If you’re comfortable temperature wise, then so is your Ficus. For active growth to occur the temperature needs to be at or above 15°C (59°F). Always keep your plant out of cold draughts.

These houseplants love sharing your living spaces both for the light and temperatures range

Repotting

Very young plants need to be repotted every year or so, this is because they can grow quite fast and will need space for their roots to establish. Newly brought plants from a store which are a good size will most likely be mature enough to need less frequent repotting and so you’ll only need to repot every two or three years.

Plants older than this will only need very occasion repotting, otherwise you risk heavy leaf fall. Very mature Weeping Fig’s which are heavy to move, are best off not being repotted at all (unless you feel it’s essential). Instead, they benefit more from scrapping off the top inch or two of soil and top dressing with fresh compost every couple of years.

Propagation

If the stems are quite young, supple and “new” opposed to older more woody ones, then you can propagate the Weeping Fig through stem cuttings. Cut a stem matching the above criteria, which is an inch or two long and then remove some of the leaves from this cutting if there’s a lot. Two or three remaining leaves is ample to get the new plant going. Push the cutting a few centimeters into fresh potting soil and keep warm and the soil moist.

Use a rooting hormone to increase your chances and if possible keep the compost warm by providing bottom heat, which can be achieved by using a heated propagator. New leaf buds should start to form after a month or so, it may take longer in some instances but providing the stem is still “alive” the time it takes is not something to be concerned about. To create a “bushy” look, take several cuttings and grow them together as “one” plant.

Speed of Growth

A Ficus which has all its needs adequately met will grow moderately fast. This basically means it grows quick enough for you to notice it changing in shape and size, but not so quickly that it constantly outgrows the surrounding available space.

Height / Spread

The maximum height you can expect in an indoor Ficus Benjamina is 2m / 6ft. They do not reach this height quickly so if you’ve brought a small plant initially it will be many years before it reaches this tree-like size. That could be good news if you bought a small plant and want to keep it that way.

If on the other hand you want something tall quickly, buy a large Ficus to start with. Width wise, most Weeping Figs tend to be tall and slender rather than wide and spreading and so won’t normally be wider than 0.5m / 50cm at the very most.

Flowers

Flowers aren’t common. This type of Ficus is only grown indoors for its overall physical appearance and shape.

Is the Weeping Fig plant Poisonous?

The Weeping Fig is a Ficus which means the sap within the plant is generally mildly toxic to most pets and people. It has a milky irritating sap in the stems and leaves that can cause gastrointestinal issues if eaten and skin irritation if the sap is allowed get into small cuts on the skin.

Anything else?

Your Ficus Benjamina will sometimes need pruning, either because the shape is out of control or there will be dead sections that need removing. Winter or early Spring is the best time for trimming live growth and you can just prune out any dead material at any time during the year. Simply cut the plant into shape, just remember not to be too aggressive and do not cut back into the main woody part of the stems.

How to Care for your Ficus Summary

  1. Bright Light Avoid prolonged intense midday and early afternoon sunlight as well as very dark areas.

  2. Moderate Watering For a happy plant, try to keep the soil moist when it’s growing. This would roughly translate into watering it once or twice a week in Summer and perhaps just once a week (or less) in Winter or if growing in lower light conditions.

  3. Temperature Average room temperatures are fine, but make sure it stays above 15°C (59°F).

  4. Feeding Fertilise your once every month with a normal houseplant feed.

  • Try to keep your plant in an established place. They HATE being moved around.
  • Keep the plant away from draughty places such as near a doorway.
  • They don’t like the temperature to be constantly changing from warm to cold etc.

Weeping Fig Problems

Weeping Fig Dropping Leaves

The most commonly reported problem and request for help is because the leaves on someone’s Ficus are falling, often in huge numbers. It’s obviously not good appearance wise, but it’s perfectly normal and not something you need to be really worried about.

It happens because your Ficus is quite smart but also rather sensitive to change. It wants its leaves in certain angles and positions to maximise the available light to allow photosynthesis at its full potential. When you rotate, or move your plant, the light dynamics change massively and the plant responds by shedding leaves and growing new ones in the most efficient angles again. It’s a clever skill but can create an ugly look that can ruin the look of a mature well-grown houseplant.

As a general rule, smaller younger plants are less likely to drop leaves when compared to taller and older ones. To prevent and avoid this problem is simple; when your plant has an established home don’t keep moving it around. Find a spot for it where it can stay put all year around out of draughts and away from wide temperature changes.

Mealybugs, Aphids and other Pests

Unfortunately your plant, as versatile and as wonderful as it might be, can be susceptible to pests. In particular infestations of Mealybugs and Aphids can be quite common and difficult to shift due to the large surface area of the leaves. Having so many leaves means plenty of places for pests to hide themselves which can make them tricky to get rid of.

Follow the tips in the above links for guidance, but remember to be patient as it can take several treatments to be pest free.

Lower leaves falling off

The bottom leaves of a Ficus will turn yellow and fall in time. You’re not doing anything wrong as this is inevitable and is common with many houseplants.

White spot on Ficus leaves

If it looks like the one in the picture then it’s quite common and nothing to be concerned about. These spots are white, waxy and circular and might initially be confused with disease or pests but are actually characteristic of some Ficus plants.

But what is it? Well, no one is completely sure. Although it’s generally believed to be either the plants way of getting rid of a build up minerals and salts in the soil, or it’s a way to attract pollinators such as Fig Wasps. It tends to wear away by itself given time, but if they annoy you, the white spot can be wiped off quite easily.

Yellowing leaf edges

This is normally a symptom that gradually creeps and spreads to new leaves. In most cases it’s caused by prolonged underfeeding. To resolve the problem and prevent further leaves becoming affected you need to feed your plant. But don’t overcompensate for previous underfeeding. Follow the instructions on the packet or bottle and don’t exceed the stated dose.

About the Author

Tom Knight

Over the last 20 years Tom has successfully owned hundreds of houseplants and is always happy to share knowledge and lend his horticulture skills to those in need. He is the main content writer for the Ourhouseplants Team.

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With a braided trunk and lush, glossy leaves, the Chinese money tree it’s no wonder this plant is so popular. It is said to bring luck and wealth, adds vitality to any home, and is also highly-rated as an air-purifier!

While we can’t guarantee the tree will attract wealth to you, we can guarantee it will freshen up your home or office. Read on to learn more about the many benefits of this unique plant.

Getting to Know Pachira Aquatica

A “money tree” is actually multiple Pachira aquatica trees painstakingly braided together during growth. Pachira aquatica is a broadleaf evergreen native to Central and South America and has many common names including Malabar chestnut, Guiana chestnut, French peanut, saba nut, monguba, pumpo, provision tree, and wild kapok tree.

In the wild, Pachira aquatica can grow up to 59 feet tall. A braided money tree plant can be anywhere between one and eight feet tall.

You might expect that the symbolism of the money tree goes back centuries. In reality, the first modern money tree was cultivated in Taiwan as a bonsai by a truck driver in the 1980s! It quickly became a symbol of prosperity and highly sought after by Feng Shui practitioners.

Symbolism and Feng Shui of The Money Tree

A legend was born along with the cultivation of the money tree:

A man who was down on his luck prayed for prosperity, and soon discovered the money tree and took it home. He soon realized that from its seeds he could cultivate many more trees. He made a business selling these beautiful trees to others and made his fortune.

That is why the money tree is a popular gift in East Asian culture, in business as well as personal affairs.

In Feng Shui, there are several plants that can be used to promote abundance, but the money tree is favorable in many ways.

The braided trunk of the Chinese money tree is said to be able to trap fortune within its folds. The five leaves typically found on a stalk are said to represent the five elements of balance: earth, fire, water, wind, and metal. Finding a stalk with seven leaves is incredibly rare, and also said to bring immense luck to the owner.

In terms of placement, many businesses keep a small money tree near their cash register. Within the home, the most common placement to promote wealth is the southeast corner.

A Money Tree Helps Freshen Up Your Home

Along with its status as a luck-magnet, money tree plants are incredibly easy to care for. They only require indirect light and infrequent watering, making it an easy plant for beginners.

Related Post: How to Care For a Money Tree Plant

The money tree is also highly-rated as an air-purifier. A famous NASA study of indoor plants on air quality lists Pachira aquatica as one of the most effective filters of harmful pollutants.

The icing on the cake is that money trees are ASPCA-certified pet-friendly. However, while it is non-toxic, it can cause digestive upset if consumed in large volumes.

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8 Types of Indoor Fruit Trees You Can Grow in Your Living Room

There are decorative house plants and then there are edible plants that you tend to in a tiny kitchen garden. But what about in between?

If you’re looking for an indoor plant that’s both decorative and edible, look to the world of fruit trees! While many grow to be enormous in the wild and are native to perpetually sunny conditions, there are a number of dwarf plants that will do just fine—and even fruit—in a big pot in your living room. Proper care and conditions (and a reliable nursery for sourcing them!) are extra important if you want an indoor fruit tree to prosper, but with freshly grown produce is the goal (and no garden required), we have confidence in your drive. Here’s a primer on fruit trees that you can grow indoors, and how much light and water each needs to thrive.

1. Figs

Now that you’ve seen this stunner, will you ever go back to fiddleleaf? Photo by Another Ballroom (via Riazzoli)

Fruit?

If you want a fig tree that fruits, steer clear of the ever-popular decorative fiddleleaf—which won’t even consider it. Instead choose a small cultivar like Brown Turkey (also known as Negro Largo or Aubique Noire), which tolerates heavy pruning, is self-pollinating, and can thrive indoors. They’ll sprout pretty oblong leaves.

Planting & Care

The size of the pot you choose will factor into how large and productive your tree becomes (opt for a larger planter for more fruit, smaller if you need the fig tree to stay small). Water it about once a week, until it comes out of the drainage holes, and prune when its as many feet tall as you want.

Habitat

While inedible fig trees do fine in indirect sunlight, edible cultivars will need to be positioned in bright light—right in line with a northern exposure would be ideal. They don’t like the cold at all, so keep away from drafty doors and windows.

2. Lemons & 3. Limes & 4. Oranges

Happy indoor lemons. Photo by Atelier Rue Verte, Ode to Things

If you want to grow citrus inside, opt for a dwarf cultivar that self-pollinates—like Meyer Lemon (which doesn’t require as much heat to ripen the fruit) or Lime; they’ll yield the quickest crop and the plant will stay a manageable size. For oranges, keep an eye out for Calamondin trees—the fruit is very sour (more like a lemon or lime). Plus, they’re a gorgeous decoration, and emanate a delicious aroma.

The best soil for growing healthy citrus trees is slightly acidic and loam-based (meaning 2:2:1 sand to silt to clay). They also like lots of moisture in the air—up to 50% humidity, ideally!—but you can simulate that environment by spritzing them regularly with water from a spray bottle. Let the soil fully dry out before watering. (When watering, note that citrus trees prefer a lukewarm tepid temperature to freezing cold.)

No surprise here: Citrus plants need a whole lot of sunlight—8 to 12 hours of it every day. Place your tree in the sunniest window spot you have—better yet if it’s a room with double exposure (southern and eastern, say). And if you have any outdoor space, they’d appreciate a few months in the fresh air if you have a balmy summer.

More: A week of dinner recipes inspired by a bag of Meyer Lemons.

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5. Olives

Photo by Honestly WTF

Self-pollinating and prolific (a single tree can produce as many as 20 pounds of fruit a year), olive trees do not require much care compared to other fruit trees. When shopping for an indoor olive tree, keep in mind that many cultivars are purely ornamental, meaning they won’t fruit, but there are great indoor varieties that will: Consider an Arbequina—which is slow-growing and will drip water through the leaves (called “weeping”)—or a Picholine, which is more upright.

Indoor olive trees need only be watered when the top inch of soil has dried out, and less in fall and winter when they take a natural rest.

An olive tree needs at least 6 hours of solid sunlight each day. Place it near a sunny, south-facing window (but not too close or the leaves will frizzle).

6. Avocados

Photo by Lessy Lu’s Photo by Morten Holtum (via Bolig)

To be clear, it’s very very tough to get an indoor avocado tree to fruit but it isn’t impossible. Instead of growing one from a seed (that is, the pit—see above left), seek out a grafted starter plant that has some tissue from a tree that does produce good-tasting fruit. Naturally small trees—like Wurtz, Gwen, and Whitsell—are your best bet, and they don’t have to be cross-pollinated to fruit.

Add some sand to the bottom of a pot and fill in with regular potting mix so your tree doesn’t get wet feet, and water it regularly without letting the soil get sopping wet. Ripe fruit can be left hanging on the tree for a few weeks.

Warm-season plants, avocados like lots of bright light. Right in line with a south-facing window is your best shot at finding it a happy place!

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7. Bananas

Photo by Hardy Tropicals

Some banana trees produce edible fruit while others produce fruit you can’t eat—and again you’ll want to get a dwarf plant—such as Super Dwarf Cavendish or Dwarf Red—so that it doesn’t grow too huge. They’re self-fruitful, meaning they don’t require a pollinator.

Your banana tree’s soil should be light and peat-y; fertilize it monthly to keep it growing strong. They like lots of water due to their enormous leaves, but you’ll want to let the soil dry out fully between waterings. The leaves can be misted to simulate a humid climate.

Lots of bright indirect sunlight is best, so set it up near a southern-facing exposure if possible. Rotate the plant periodically so that all sides get light.

8. Mulberries

Photo by Logee’s

Yet again, you’ll want to opt for a dwarf mulberry tree such as Dwarf Everbearing if you’re growing it indoors. The fruit of a mulberry tree, which will look something like a blackberry but smaller, should be picked as soon as it’s ripe—and the tree’s fruit supply will ripen over time rather than all at once.

Regular potting soil works fine, as will regular watering! Mulberry trees are slow-growing and like roomy pots.

A warm, bright, sunny space is best for your mulberry tree; move it to a spot with full exposure from spring through fall, if possible.

Note: This piece originally indicated that fig trees only require indirect light, but has been updated to clarify that edible fruit-bearing fig trees need lots of direct sunlight. This story is being re-upped from last spring.

Speaking of Bananas

This article was originally published in Spring 2016, and we’re running it again because we love greenery indoors.

What’s your favorite indoor tree? Let us know in the comments!

How Often Should You Water Ficus?

The many varieties of ficus are most often grown as houseplants. They thrive with minimum care and live many years, making them a suitable low-maintenance plant in many homes. Watering them properly ensures that they will continue to grow and remain healthy. Most ficus varieties share the same watering needs, though the creeping fig variety is one notable exception.

When to Water

Most ficus tolerate some drying between watering, as long as the soil doesn’t dry out completely around the root ball inside the planter. Allowing the surface of the soil to just begin to dry out is best, but avoid letting it dry out more than an inch deep. Stick your finger into the soil 1 inch, and if it feels dry, it is time to water.

The creeping fig ficus is an exception. These plants do not tolerate any dryness in the soil. Water creeping fig as soon as the soil surface begins to dry but while it is still moist if you stick your finger into it.

How to Water

Water so the soil is evenly moist throughout the planter, ensuring that there is enough water in the bottom of the planter where the roots are. Water the plants from the top until the water starts dripping from the bottom drainage holes on the planter. Empty the drip tray under the planter 5 to 10 minutes after watering to prevent disease-causing organisms from growing in the standing water.

Use room-temperature or slightly warm tap water when watering the ficus. Cold or hot water may shock the roots and cause damage to them. When fertilizing, mix a liquid feed with equal parts water. The water aids the roots in quickly accessing the fertilizer nutrients and prevents damage from fertilizer burn. Ficus only require fertilization once monthly while they are actively growing.

Troubleshooting

Leaf loss is a common problem in ficus that are improperly watered. Overly wet soil leads to browning leaves that then fall off. The roots are drowning in the too-moist soil which leads to this leaf death. Check for overly moist soil by sticking your finger in the soil. While it should feel moist, if large clumps of the soil stick to your finger, the plant needs to dry out further before the next watering.

Leaf drop combined with dry yellow or brown leaves is caused by too little water. Do not allow the soil to begin cracking or to pull away from the side of the pot before watering.

Helping A Ficus Tree That Is Dropping Leaves

Ficus trees are a popular houseplant that can be found in many homes, but the attractive and easy to care for ficus trees still have a frustrating habit of dropping leaves, seemingly without reason. This leaves many ficus owners asking, “Why is my ficus losing leaves?” The causes for dropping ficus leaves are many, but when you know what they are, this can help you pin down the reason your ficus tree leaves are falling off.

Reasons for Ficus Tree Dropping Leaves

First of all, realize that it is normal for a ficus tree to lose some leaves. A few leaves dropping of a ficus tree will not hurt it and they will regrow, but if your ficus is losing more than a few leaves, the following reasons could be why:

Change in environment – The most common cause for dropping ficus leaves is that its environment has changed. Often, you will see ficus leaves drop when the seasons change. The humidity and temperature in your house also changes at this time and this can cause ficus trees to lose leaves. If this is affecting your tree, the leaves on the ficus tree may be yellow in addition to falling off.

To help with this, try to keep your ficus tree’s environment as stable as possible. Keep it away from drafty windows and doors, air conditioners and heaters. Use a humidifier in the winter, when the air gets dry. And, once you have placed your ficus tree in your home, do not move it.

Incorrect watering – Under watering or over watering both can cause a ficus tree to lose leaves. In an improperly watered ficus tree may have yellowing leaves and the ficus tree leaves may curl.

Water the soil only when the very top of the soil is dry, but also make sure that your ficus tree’s pot has good drainage. If you accidentally let your ficus tree’s soil dry out completely, you may need to soak the tree’s container in the tub for an hour to properly rehydrate the soil. If you have overwatered, root rot may have set in and you will need to treat the ficus tree for that.

Too little light – Another reason for ficus tree leaves falling off is that the tree is getting too little light. Often, a ficus tree that is getting too little light will look sparse and spindly. New leaves may also appear pale or even white.

In this case, you should move the ficus tree to a location where it will get more light.

Pests – Ficus trees are susceptible to a few pests that can cause a ficus tree to drop leaves. Often, a sure sign of a pest problem will be that the leaves on the ficus tree will be sticky or have liquid dripping off them as well as falling off. If this is the problem, you will need to treat the plant with insecticide like neem oil.

Fungus – Ficus trees are also occasionally affected by fungus, which can make the tree drop its leaves. Often, a ficus tree with a fungus will have yellow or brown spots on the leaves.

To correct treat this reason for ficus tree leaves falling off, use fungicide (like neem oil) on the tree.

How to Care for a Ficus Danielle

Use these instructions to care for a Ficus Danielle. This guide will tell you how to water your Ficus Tree; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

Place your Ficus Danielle in bright indirect or filtered light. Avoid bright direct light as it will burn the leaves and cause them to drop.

WATER REQUIREMENTS

Water thoroughly once a week with room-temperature water. Water the plant until water flows into the saucer, then pour out any excess.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE

Your Ficus tree will do well in average humidity environments, but will appreciate regular misting.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

Your Ficus Danielle will thrive in average temperatures of 60-75 degrees.

PLANT FOOD

Fertilize your Ficus tree every four weeks in late spring and summer with a general-purpose fertilizer diluted to half strength. You will see new leaves appear and branches grow during this time. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Ficus are sensitive to changes in their environment. They react to these changes by dropping leaves. If you have just moved your Ficus to a new location, expect the leaves to drop. The leaves will grow back when the plant adjusts to its new location. If it has not been moved, it could be the result of a change in lighting conditions as the seasons change. Or, it may be reacting to an increase or decrease in its watering frequency.

TOXICITY

Ficus Danielle leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

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