Ficus plants are one of the most popular foliage plants suitable for growing as ornamental house plants. The genus includes trailing types, bonsai, and of course the indoor ficus tree.
Light:It requires bright indirect light. Rotate the pot regularly to encourage even, balanced growth. It can tolerate a few hours of direct morning sun, but avoid exposing the leaves to the harsh afternoon sun. This plant does not tolerate low light conditions.
Water: When the soil is 98% dry and expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
*We recommend Bottom-watering, sometimes called reverse watering, is when you place a plant in a bowl of water, allowing the soil and roots to soak water from the bottom up. (Naturally, your pot needs to have drainage holes for this to work).
Temperature: The Ficus Umbellata enjoys warmer temperatures between 65-85°F. It will not tolerate cold drafts so make sure you avoid placing your plant in drafty areas.
Food: For best results, feed your plant once during the spring and monthly throughout the summer. A little bit of food will go a long way to encourage growth and root health. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.
Toxicity: Ficus leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
Tips: Large leaves can collect dust. If you notice the leaves are dirty or dusty, wipe them with a damp cloth and gently dry to keep them clean and healthy. Ficus generally do not like to be moved — if necessary to move your plant, be prepared for some leaf drop until it is acclimated again in a few weeks.