Care of a Ficus Tree


The ficus is a durable indoor plant, known for glossy or leathery leaves and considerable varieties. The ficus, according to the University of Minnesota Extension, is native to India, Southeast Asia, and possibly the Malaysian Archipelago. Due to its origins, ficus is able to survive a variety of growing conditions. Ficus plants are known for their ease of care and require little more than a bit of water, occasional fertilizer and a good spot in the house.

Step 1

Place the ficus plant in a bright spot that gets partial shade during the hottest part of the day.

Step 2

Moderate the temperature of the ficus environment so the temperature stays between 70 and 75 degrees during the day and 65 to 70 at night, recommends the Garden Centers of Colorado. The plant does not like temperatures under 55 degrees, so drafty windows should be avoided.

Step 3

Water ficus until water pours out the drain holes at the bottom of the pot. Remove the extra water from the bottom of the pot once the plant has had an opportunity to absorb what it needs.

Step 4

Fertilize the ficus every three to four weeks using half the amount recommended on the water-soluble fertilizer label.

Step 5

Prune long branches of the ficus when it grows out of control using pruning shears. Cut just above a node to remove a branch. This encourages side growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Water-soluble fertilizer


  • Garden Centers of Colorado: Ficus Care Sheet
  • University of Minnesota: Rubber Trees, Weeping Figs and Other Friendly Ficus
  • University of Minnesotta: FAQS - Ficus
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