How to Plant a Ficus Tree Outdoors


The Ficus tree, also known as a fig tree, is a subtropical tree that grows up to 50 feet tall but typically ranges from 10 to 30 feet tall. Its origins have been traced to at least 5,000 BC in Asia. The foliage of the Ficus tree is damaged at 30 degrees F, but the tree can successfully tolerate 12 to 15 degrees F if dormant. Ficus trees need the same general care when planted as other trees. By carefully following a few steps it is fairly easy to plant a Ficus tree outdoors.

Step 1

Pick a location for your Ficus tree that has full sunlight and adequate room for growth; 15 to 20 feet apart should be sufficient.

Step 2

Dig a hole for the Ficus tree that is at least three times the diameter and as deep as the tree was previously planted.

Step 3

Set the tree in the planting hole and ensure that the soil line is where it previously was on the tree.

Step 4

Backfill the dirt into the planting hole, being sure the soil is not packed or compressed, which can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots, and prevent them from spreading.

Step 5

Add a layer of wood mulch that is 2 to 4 inches deep and as wide as the tree's canopy to keep moisture in the soil.

Step 6

Water the tree two to three times per week for the first few months after planting, cutting back to once a week thereafter to keep the root system moist. Provide the tree with five to 10 gallons of water for each inch of trunk diameter at each watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Wood mulch
  • Garden hose


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Who Can Help

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