How to Plant a Ficus Tree


Ficus trees, also known as Ficus benjamina or weeping fig, used to be very popular in outdoor landscaping but the trees have aggressive roots and usually mature into massive sizes, which makes them less than ideal in many locations. Instead, they are extremely popular as indoor trees. Ficus trees grow fast indoors and are relatively low-maintenance. They can be pruned to almost any shape and size, making them perfect for most homes and offices.

Step 1

Place a planting container in a spot that gets indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight. It's easiest to position the pot before putting the tree in it, because it will weigh less. The ficus tree can grow in some direct sunlight if the atmosphere is very humid. It prefers daytime temperatures of 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees.

Step 2

Fill the container halfway with a potting soil mix. Center the ficus tree in the pot and spread the roots out by hand.

Step 3

Fill in around the roots with potting soil. Press it down gently to remove air pockets. Water the tree thoroughly to help it become established.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist during times of active growth. Use your finger to determine when the ficus tree needs more water. Let the soil dry out between waterings in the winter.

Step 5

Mist the leaves often, especially in the summertime. Because ficus trees like a lot of humidity, wipe down the leaves occasionally with tepid water. This makes them look better and helps them breathe.

Step 6

Feed ficus trees with a liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Follow the label instructions for dosage. Water after fertilizing to help the food reach the tree roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Ficus tree
  • Container
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Mister
  • Fertilizer


  • Ficus Tree
  • Ficus Benjamina
  • Green Zone Life: Ficus Benjamina
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