Evergreen tree, It is a very popular house plant, due to its elegant growth and tolerance of poor growing conditions.
Ficus is a pan-tropical genus of trees, shrubs and vines occupying a wide variety of ecological niches; most are evergreen, but some deciduous species are endemic to areas outside of the tropics and to higher elevations.
Fig species are characterized by their unique inflorescence and distinctive pollination syndrome, which utilizes wasp species belonging to the Agaonidae family for pollination. The always popular ficus tree is a member of the fig family and perfect for caring for as a houseplant. There are several varieties of this plant that are grown as houseplants. Among these are the ficus benjamina or weeping fig, the ficus lyrata or fiddle head fig, and the ficus elastica decora or rubber tree. Ficus plants range from large trees to woody shrubs to trailing vines. The ficus comes in many shapes and sizes that make this a popular focal point in your home. Ficus (genus Ficus), a group of about 900 species of trees, shrubs, and vines, commonly called figs. Native primarily to tropical areas of East Asia, they are distributed throughout the tropics of the world. Many are tall forest trees that are buttressed by great spreading roots; others are planted as ornamentals. The always popular ficus tree is a member of the fig family and perfect for caring for as a houseplant. There are several varieties of this plant that are grown as houseplants. Among these are the ficus benjamina or weeping fig, the ficus lyrata or fiddle head fig, and the ficus elastica decora or rubber tree. The Bodhi tree, under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment, is believed by many to have been a ficus religiosa. The most popular as an indoor tree is the ficus benjamina.
Ficus Starlight Care
It does best under bright, sunny conditions but will also tolerate considerable shade.
|Sunlight||Most ficus trees enjoy bright indirect or filtered light with variegated varieties happily able to take medium light. Bright, direct light may result in scalding of the leaves and leaf loss.|
|Watering||It requires a moderate amount of watering in summer, and only enough to keep it from drying out in the winter. It does not need to be misted.|
|Soil||Rich, humusy and well-drained soil|
|Temperature||Ficus trees also cannot tolerate low temperatures or droughts. They need to be kept in temperatures above 60 F (16 degrees C) and actually prefer temperatures above 70 F (21 degrees C).|
|Fertilizer||Feed with slow-release pellets in the beginning of the growing season. Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer and once every two months in the fall and winter|
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