Ficus have a reputation of being hard to care for. Although this can sometimes be the case when you do not have the proper environment for it, if you do, these plants will thrive and be of little maintenance. Ficus originate from varying places depending on which variation you have but most are native to Australia, Southwest Asia, and Africa. 

  • Light

Ficus love to be in bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as that will scorch the leaves and make the plant wilts.

  • Water

The Ficus likes to dry out about 50% of the way before getting another watering. They are also prone to root rot so make sure to discard the water that drains out of the pot. 

  • Humidity and Temp

The Ficus will appreciate higher humidity levels in the winter months. Average household humidity in the summer (in Chicago) will be okay for it but giving it a boost from a humidifier or pebble tray wouldn’t hurt. They prefer temperatures from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  • Soil

Almost any well-draining potting mix will be sufficient for a Ficus. Our go-to recommendation for a high-quality soil that’s fast draining is Fox Farms Ocean Forest.

  • Fertilizer

Fertilizing regularly in the spring and summer is important to encourage growth during its growing season. No need to fertilize in fall and winter.


  • Pet Friendly? 
Ficus are mildly toxic in their leaves. If they are ingested by humans or pets it may cause irritation or vomiting.
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