Ficus... my favorite F word.
At the moment I have one ficus, a Maclellandii. She is quite a beauty I must say and really strong! Much stronger than her infamously temperamental cousin, Lyrata. Ficus trees have quite a bad reputation of being tricky and hard to care for. I've had a large variety of ficus trees during my indoor gardening journey and while some of them can be temperamental, I would like to say they can actually be quite easy if you follow my fucking rules... I mean Ficus rules... Ficus....
1. DO NOT LET YOUR FICUS GO DRY.
It can be quite disastrous.
I always talk about how important it is for plants to dry out between watering. Having constantly moist plants is not always a bad thing but increases bacteria in the soil indoors sometimes even attracting gnats. However Ficus trees enjoy relatively moist soil (but not overly wet) and you should never let it dry out more than 2 inches from the top soil.
PRO TIP: Dry top soil indicates it time for water, but always stick your finger in first.
2. HUMIDITY IS KEY
This is relative to the first rule, Ficus trees do not love overly wet roots but LOVEEEEEE a good mist. Humidifiers are also a great option if you are not a fan of water droplets on your floors or furniture.
3. BRIGHT FILTERED LIGHT
Light is KEY!
While Ficus trees are not low light plants, they should never be placed in direct sun, where they are subject to burning, instead you want to filter the light with a curtain or place in a place with bright indirect room or location.
4. FERTILIZER! FERTILIZE HER!
Ficus trees can be rapid growers and it is important to fertilize them once a month in the spring and summer and every 6 to 8 weeks in the fall and winter.
5. BEWARE OF DRAFTS AND HEAT!
So many people complain about their ficus trees dying and drooping during the change of the seasons. Ficus trees are very temperature sensitive and should be kept away from air conditioners, heaters, and windows where they can receive too much cold air during the winter months.
6. DO NOT MOVE THAT F#%*&$^ FICUS
Ok, maybe Ficus is not my 'F' favorite word... but seriously when your ficus tree has a happy home moving it even slightly (I know from experience) can cause a perfectly healthy plant to go south, fast! Plants like to be that.. planted, moving them can cause stress and most importantly shock. So when choosing a ficus, choose a place wisely and that will be its home.
FYI: I am not saying never ever move it, but if you do make sure it has almost identical light and humidity, if you are in doubt, just leave it alone.
Do you have any Ficus tree tips I missed? Comment below!