How to Care for a Fig Tree Indoors


The indoor fig tree (Ficus) is one of the most common house plants in the world. The tree flourishes in tropical and temperate climates when grown outside as a patio or yard specimen. When grown indoors, the tree offers ideal hardiness and ease of care. The fig tree became a popular houseplant in the 1950s. Estimates claim there are over 800 species currently available, with 2,000 varieties in total. When grown indoors as a house plant, the fig tree will normally attain a height of 5 feet.

Step 1

Plant the fig tree in well-drained potting soil. The tree enjoys a 50-percent peat moss mixture with a 50-percent potting soil. A large-sized fig tree that stands around 4 to 5 feet tall will do best if placed in a pot that is at least 10 inches or larger.

Step 2

Place the fig tree in a sunny location. A south-facing window is ideal. The plant can also be grown under a skylight with ease.

Step 3

Water the fig tree weekly. Keep the soil moist but not water-logged. The fig tree will enjoy a light, weekly misting with a handheld sprayer on its foliage. This helps remove dust and keep the plant healthy.

Step 4

Fertilize once a month during spring and summer using a 20-20-20 balanced fertilizer. Follow the directions on the label for application instructions.

Step 5

Place the ficus away from cold drafts. The ideal indoor temperatures is between 68 to 85 degrees F. Never subject the ficus to a temperature below 40 degrees F.

Tips and Warnings

  • The fig tree often drops its leaves when under stress, but once it adjusts, new leaves will grow to replace the old.

Things You'll Need

  • 20-20-20 fertilizer
  • 10-inch pot
  • Handheld sprayer
  • Peat moss
  • Potting soil


  • Ficus Tree: Ficus Tree Care
  • Denver Plants: Weeping Fig
  • Purdue University: Indoor Plant Care

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida: Care of Plants in the Home.
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About this Author

Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.