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How to Care for a Ficus Plant

A ficus plant and its needs are discussed in this free educational video series.


Hi, John Mueller again, Paradise Palm and in Salt Lake City, Utah on behalf of Expert Just want to continue our discussion on plant care. How do you look at a plant and determine whether or not your over or under watering it? If you're caring for a plant, perhaps, for a friend when their out of town or if you're just looking at your plants in your house and going, "Oh my gosh, am I over or under watering?" What are some of the things you can just generally look for? Hard to do in our store because everything is well watered and very healthy, but I'm just going to go over some quick things. Very common plant, ficus trees. These are two healthy ficus trees. One thing about a ficus tree is people say, "Well, how do I know it drops leaves?" and they do. If it's under watered, in general, you're going to get a tremendous amount of yellow leaves, and I mean a tremendous amount, dropping on a consistent basis. That's a good sign that you've under watered your plant or too much time has passed between watering, it stayed much too dry. On the alternate end, if you shake your tree or on the bottom of the tree, or on the floor, you've got a lot of just green, fleshy, flaccid type of leaves, it's a good sign that you've over watered your plant on a consistent, regular basis. There's no watering or drying between watering for that given plant. Other plants, in general, might show signs of water stress by just flagging considerable amounts of yellow, lots more than this. Or have, sort of a flaccid appearance or laying down to the ground. Identify your tendency, is it over or under watering. Usually by checking the soil and also, looking at these additional signs and correct accordingly. You can do this, you can probably guarantee that your plant will be a lot healthier for a lot longer.