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How to Grow a Ficus Triangularis Plant

The Ficus triangularis is a small, tropical fig tree with triangular-shaped leaves. This ficus tree grows best in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11, unable to endure winter temperatures below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Commonly grown in containers indoors or on patios, the Ficus triangularis grows to only 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The Ficus triangularis is a low-maintenance tree, requiring only occasional watering, some fertilizer and little, if any, pruning. You can grow your ficus outdoors if you live in a warm climate or indoors in a container for most other climates.

Transfer the Ficus triangularis into a new planter pot that is about 2 inches wider than the nursery container. Ensure that the planter pot has drainage holes in the bottom.

Fill the new pot with well-draining, all-purpose potting soil. Gently remove the Ficus triangularis from the nursery container and carefully loosen the roots if they were compacted in the container.

Plant the Ficus triangularis into the new pot at the same depth it was planted in the nursery container. Water the tree thoroughly and evenly until the water drains freely from the bottom of the planter pot.

Place the Ficus triangularis tree in bright light, such as beside a sunny, south-facing window or on a patio that receives full morning sunlight but is protected from the harsh afternoon sun.

Keep the ficus tree in warm temperatures, preferably between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Water the Ficus triangularis deeply once every one or two weeks, only when the top 2 inches of soil dries out.

Feed the Ficus triangularis tree a liquid houseplant fertilizer once or twice each month during the growing season, following the instructions on the label. You can also use a liquid tree fertilizer diluted at half the normal dosage.

Re-pot the Ficus triangularis once every year in the late winter or early spring, when the roots have filled the planter pot. Re-pot the tree in a container that is about 2 inches wider and deeper.


Remove any yellowed leaves on your Ficus triangularis, as well as any dead or dried twigs, to keep the tree healthy.

Older Ficus triangularis trees don’t need re-potting every year, but usually every two or three years.


Don’t over-water your Ficus triangularis, and be sure to allow the top layer of soil to dry out between waterings. If new-growth green leaves are dropping from the tree, you’re over-watering it.

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