You may have seen some ficuses once, but you don’t recognize them by name. Ficuses are beautiful plants with bright green leaves. They are plants that don’t ask for too much care and you can have them both in your home and in your garden. However, even though they are easy to maintain, there are some cares that you cannot ignore if you want to have a ficus. Here we teach you everything you need to know.
Location and lighting
Whether you decide to have your ficus indoors or outdoors, you should locate it in a place where it receives natural light. These plants need a lot of light. However, you must be very careful during the seasons when it is very hot. These plants can suffer from burns on their leaves if you expose them directly to sunlight for a long time.
Remember that if you live in an area with strong wind currents, you will have to find ways to protect your plant where you place it. Ficus stems are quite delicate and can be broken by the wind.
Also, if you live in areas where temperatures drop too low at certain times of the year, you will have to protect it. These plants are enemies of the cold.
The watering will depend a lot on the time of year you are in. In hot weather, you should water your ficus plant frequently. You can do this at least three times a week. But watering should be moderate so that excess water does not build up near the roots. This could rot them.
In cold seasons, you should reduce the frequency of watering. You can water your plant fortnightly.
Remember that the soil of your ficus should always be moist. So you should pour the water directly on the soil.
First of all, the ficus is a plant that grows a lot. If you have it in a pot, you probably need to transplant it sometime. You will need to move your plant to larger pots, and obviously with more substrate. The pots should also have drainage holes.
As for the soil, it should be rich in organic compounds (like other indoor plant substrates), with a certain inclination to be acidic soil and able to drain any excess water well.
You should always make sure that your plant’s substrate provides it with the minerals to grow healthy and strong. Specifically for ficus, we recommend the use of some liquid fertilizer.
Liquid fertilizer is ideal because you can dissolve it in the water you will use to water your plant. It is always recommended that you use a little less than the amount of fertilizer indicated by the manufacturer. In the case of the ficus, it is better to fertilize it a little than to over-fertilize it.
You should use fertilizer every time you transplant the plant. Transplant it when you consider it necessary. Also, the frequency of fertilizer use should be at least every two months.
Remember that ficuses produce a lot of leaves. Ideally, you should use pruning to remove all the leaves that are yellow, dry or in poor condition. Don’t worry about it. With pruning you will be helping new leaves grow. Plus, your ficus will look healthy and strong.
You can also remove some stems so that your plant can breathe. Again, these stems will grow back stronger and healthier.
It is recommended that you use well sharpened and disinfected scissors for pruning. If the scissors are not clean, you could make your ficus sick.
Ficus is the favorite food of some insects. You should always keep an eye on the stems of your plant to detect the presence of any pests. The good news is that there are many insecticides that can help you with this problem. However, the use of the insecticide will depend on the specific type of insect that is affecting your ficus.
The ficus is a decorative plant full of life thanks to its very green leaves. There are many varieties that you can have at home and take care of without too much effort.
Tell us if you already have a ficus at home or if you are interested in having one. If you have any doubt or advice you want to add to the information of this post, don’t hesitate to leave it in the comments.