How to Plant Outdoor Ficus Trees


While most gardeners are used to seeing ficus trees in interior gardens or office buildings, gardeners in subtropical areas can grow ficus in their yards. Ficus, or weeping fig, may reach 40 feet in height in the outdoor landscape. This tree prefers temperatures of 60 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, so gardeners who can't provide this climate must grow ficus in containers and move them indoors during winter. Plant this tree in your yard in fall or early spring once frost danger has passed.

Step 1

Select a location for your ficus tree that offers at least six hours of sunlight per day, recommends Ficus Tree Information.

Step 2

Dig a hole twice the size of your ficus tree's root ball. Remove any rocks, sticks, weeds or roots from the hole. Jab your shovel at the bottom of the hole to roughen up the soil; this helps the ficus tree's roots adapt.

Step 3

Remove your ficus tree from its container. Break apart the root ball by massaging it with your hands. Gently unwind or untangle any tangled roots with your fingers. If some roots appear broken or bruised, trim off the damaged part with pruning shears.

Step 4

Place your ficus tree in the prepared hole so it's vertically straight and sitting at the same depth as it was planted in the container. Fill in the hole with soil, gently pressing the soil into the hole.

Step 5

Water your newly planted ficus tree until the soil becomes saturated with water and compresses around the plant's roots. Continue to water your newly planted ficus tree once or twice a week until the soil becomes saturated.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Container ficus tree
  • Water


  • Texas A&M Extension: Planting a Tree
  • Ficus Trees Information: Growing Ficus Trees Outdoors
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