Gardening

Ficus: all care tips


Ficus benjamina is a beautiful, green indoor plant that deserves the utmost care.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Ficus Benjamina
Family : Moraceae
Type : Houseplant

Height
: 3 m indoors
Ground : Potting soil
Exposure : Light

Foliage : Persistent

Here are our tips for having a beautiful ficus and avoiding diseases throughout the seasons.

Planting the ficus

Planting or repotting the ficus are essential steps to ensure good recovery and good growth.

Indoor potted ficus:

The ficus claims a good soil for green plants or houseplants.

In order to facilitate drainage, place a bed of gravel, small pebbles or clay balls at the bottom of the pot. This will prevent the roots of the ficus from bathing in water.

  • Install your ficus therefore in a pot of good size
  • Use potting soil for houseplants or green plants.
  • Repot the ficus in spring every 2 to 3 years, and performa surfacing regular.

Caring for ficus benjamina

Once in place and if not touched too much, the ficus is a relatively easy to maintain.

The Ficus requires special attention as to its exposure and his watering and should avoid sudden changes in temperature.

He needs a room luminous, but should not be exposed to direct sunlight. He dreads being behind a sunny window, for example.

Here are our tips:

  • Water when the soil is dry, but without excess and ideally with water at room temperature and not hard.
  • Add green plant food several times a year.
  • Finally, avoid moving it too often, because it will take time to adapt to its new environment.

Size of the ficus

Contrary to popular belief, the ficus is a plant thatsupports pruning very well.

If it gets too high and / or too intrusive for your living room or interior room, you can prune your ficus.

Take a secateurs and follow our pruning advice:

  • You can prune once a year, at any time of the year.
  • There is no need to prune too severely, a lightweight size is enough.
  • This makes it possible to have a more beautiful and dense foliage.

Watering the ficus benjamina

It is best to wait until the soil is dry between 2 waterings.

  • Water on average 1 time per week.
  • If theair is dry indoors or in summer, you can water a little more often, but always waiting for the soil to be dry on the surface.
  • On the contrary, in winter or in case of high ambient humidity, the watering can be space a little further apart.

Feel free to spray water regularly on the foliage, this will improve the quality of the foliage and prevent the leaves from drying out.

  • Applying green plant fertilizer several times a year is recommended.

Sick ficus

The ficus is sensitive to certain cultivation errors or attacks from insects and parasites.

Ficus losing its leaves:

This is normal when it comes to regular leaf loss, in limited quantities.

> He can also running out of light, in this case give it more light.
> Finally, the ficus hates drafts and that can be enough to cause it to lose its leaves.

Leaves that turn yellow:

It is often because of an attack ofred spiders. It is sufficient to treat with a biological acaricide sold in garden centers.

White cluster on the leaves:

Those are mealybugs . The leaves of the ficus are covered with a sticky, sticky white mass.

Smart tip

With a pot or container of the right size and regular surfacing, you will obtain a magnificent Ficus benjamina 2 to 3 m high!


Also read about ficus:

> All about the ficus forever
> Advice and maintenance of ficus ginseng
> Advice and maintenance of rubber, ficus elastica
> Plant and harvest the figs of the ficus carica

Photo credit: Nataliia Pyzhova

Video: Taking Care of a Ginseng Ficus (October 2020).