Light: Prefers bright, indirect light. For variegated Ficus, the plant may lose its beautiful variegation on new leaves if it’s not receiving enough sunlight.
Temperature: Enjoys average room temperature of 60 – 80 degrees. Avoid sudden temperature drops or cold drafts.
Watering: Allow top 50% of soil to dry out, then water thoroughly. Water less often during the winter months as growth naturally slows and your Ficus will require less water.
Humidity: Average home humidity.
Toxicity: Toxic to pets
Dry and brown leaves: Ficus will have brown leaves from time to time – this is completely normal. Remove the entire brown leaves (they will not turn green again). If there is an effected area use a pair of sharp scissors or pruning shears. Ideally you will want to wipe the blades of your pruners with rubbing alcohol between each snip.
When pruning your Ficus make sure to watch out for the milky latex substance that could leak out where the cuts have occurred. This is a mild irritant. If you get the sap on your hands or skin be sure to wash with warm water and soap right away.
Drooping leaves: indicates underwaterting.
Dropped leaves: This plant can be finicky when it is moved around. If you move it to a new location within your home and you notice dropped leaves, give it time to adjust to the new location and it will likely recover. Avoid frequent moves, major temperature changes or placing this plant near drafty windows or doorways.
Wipe leaves with damp cloth to promote healthy photosynthesis and keep them looking good.