How to Plant Ficus Carriea


The Ficus carriea, also known as the dwarf fig tree, grows to only 6 feet in height but produces sweet, edible figs. The dwarf fig tree can be grown either outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10, where winter temperatures don't drop below 5 degrees Fahrenheit, or indoors in containers where colder winter weather persists. Due to its petite size and ease of container-growing, the Ficus carriea makes a great indoor or planter-grown tree. You can plant a single dwarf fig tree that will be self-fertile, or you can plant two trees to increase your fig fruit yield.

Step 1

Select a planter pot for your dwarf fig tree that's no more than 1 1/2 times the size of the nursery container and that has drainage holes in the bottom.

Step 2

Fill the planter pot 1/3 to 1/2 with well-draining, all-purpose commercial potting soil. You can also use a mixture of two parts potting soil, two parts peat moss, one part bark and one part coarse sand.

Step 3

Remove the Ficus carriea from the nursery container carefully. Gently loosen the roots and remove the soil from around the roots.

Step 4

Set the Ficus carriea's roots into the new container, with the tree standing straight up. Fill in the rest of the container with the potting soil, planting the dwarf fig tree at the same depth as it was in the nursery container.

Step 5

Water the potting soil generously and evenly until the water drains freely from the bottom of the container. Place the Ficus carriea in bright, filtered light, but not in direct sunlight.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't set the container outdoors right away, because your Ficus carriea will likely be sensitive to any sudden environmental changes. Gradually move the dwarf fig tree outdoors by first placing it in a shaded, protected spot, and then moving it into brighter sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Ficus carriea
  • Planter pot
  • All-purpose potting soil
  • Garden hose or watering can


  • Ficus Culture and Care
  • Direct Gardening: Fig, Dwarf

Who Can Help

  • Gardening Central: Dwarf Fig Tree
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