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How to Care for a Fig Tree Indoors

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The indoor fig tree (Ficus) is one of the most common house plants in the world. The tree flourishes in tropical and temperate climates when grown outside as a patio or yard specimen. When grown indoors, the tree offers ideal hardiness and ease of care. The fig tree became a popular houseplant in the 1950s. Estimates claim there are over 800 species currently available, with 2,000 varieties in total. When grown indoors as a house plant, the fig tree will normally attain a height of 5 feet.

Plant the fig tree in well-drained potting soil. The tree enjoys a 50-percent peat moss mixture with a 50-percent potting soil. A large-sized fig tree that stands around 4 to 5 feet tall will do best if placed in a pot that is at least 10 inches or larger.

Place the fig tree in a sunny location. A south-facing window is ideal. The plant can also be grown under a skylight with ease.

Water the fig tree weekly. Keep the soil moist but not water-logged. The fig tree will enjoy a light, weekly misting with a handheld sprayer on its foliage. This helps remove dust and keep the plant healthy.

Fertilize once a month during spring and summer using a 20-20-20 balanced fertilizer. Follow the directions on the label for application instructions.

Place the ficus away from cold drafts. The ideal indoor temperatures is between 68 to 85 degrees F. Never subject the ficus to a temperature below 40 degrees F.

Grow Fig Trees Indoors

Fig tree (Ficus benjamina) can be grown outside or indoors as a houseplant. Other common names for this plant include Benjamin fig, weeping fig and ficus tree. Remove the fig tree from its current pot by pressing on the pot from outside to loosen the roots and dirt. Place the plant in an area that receives medium to bright light. Start in the spring when you notice new growth. Prune your plant as you see fit to control the size and shape that you prefer it to be. Use small pruners to trim off top growth just above a leaf node or leaf scar. The scale is hard to see because the insects blend in with the bark of the plant, but they will appear as small bumps. Or put the entire plant in the shower and use room temperature water to wash it if you don’t have the patience and would like to clean it more quickly.

Tip

The fig tree rarely requires repotting. The tree enjoys being root bound.

Warning

The fig tree often drops its leaves when under stress, but once it adjusts, new leaves will grow to replace the old.

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