Scientific research conducted by the WUR (Wageningen University & Research) and NASA has shown that Ficus is a relatively strong air-purifier and thus provides a positive contribution to our living and working environment.
In a bright spot, near the window but not in full sunlight. Avoid a moist environment. Because Ficus is a tropical plant, it does not like temperatures below 16°C. A maximum temperature of 30°C is certainly not a problem (but make sure it receives more water at higher temperatures).
Do not let the root ball dry out. Lukewarm water. Depending on the season, 1x per week, 1x per 2 weeks
Ficus grows strongly. Fertilizer in the water 1x per 2 weeks is sufficient.
It is normal for leaves to drop off, especially in the winter months, as is the case in nature. Ficus simply continues producing new leaves. Too much leaf drop is not good, however. That is mostly caused by an excess of watering, which it cannot withstand.
Ficus is one of the best known and popular houseplants. For over a thousand years Ficus has been growing in tropical and subtropical regions. It occurs in the wild in parts of Asia and Africa, as well as in South America and Australia.
The true fig tree (Ficus carica) is generally found in the Mediterranean region and has been an important cultivated plant since antiquity. But there’s more than one fig tree! Another well-known Ficus is the rubber tree (Ficus elastica). Did you know that the milky sap of Ficus elastica used to be the most important source of latex, from which rubber is made?
Ficus benjamina is probably the best known variety! It has an ornamental appearance due to its drooping branches and leaves and grows rapidly. It is also known as the strangler fig: it climbs on other trees, sending its long roots downwards (air roots) to form a network around the host plant. Ultimately, the host is supplanted, and the Ficus stands on its own. A Ficus is a strong plant. In the wild, it can live to be over 500 years old.