Ficus trees are one of the more common indoor plants. If you want to learn how to grow ficus indoors, there are a few simple things to remember when trying to keep your tree alive and thriving.
Ficus trees are temperamental. They don’t like change. They don’t like too much water. They don’t like too little light. And they show their displeasure by dropping their leaves. No, your bare-stemmed ficus probably isn’t dead: it just wants you to stop whatever you’ve been doing to it. The most common mistake people make when trying to grow ficus indoors is over-watering. Ficus do not like “wet feet.” Let the soil dry out a little before watering it.
Ficus trees like light, but most varieties do not like direct sunlight. To grow your ficus indoors, keep your tree near a window or patio that gets a lot of bright, indirect sunlight. If you move your tree from a shady area to a brighter area, or vice-versa, your ficus may drop its leaves in protest. Don’t worry; once it gets used to the change, its leaves will grow back.
Keep your ficus tree in an area of the house where the temperature remains constant. A warm area is better, as ficus prefer warm, humid environments. If your ficus is in an area where it is subjected to the outflow of air-conditioning or heater vents, it won’t like the constant changing temperature. The continual up-and-down of its surrounding temperature may make the tree – you guessed it – drop its leaves. In order to grow ficus indoors, you need to either close the vents that are blowing on the tree or move it to a more stable location.
Don’t try to re-plant your tree too often. Remember – ficus trees don’t like change, and even though you think you’re helping them by giving them more room to grow, you’re really just disturbing their serenity. When you grow ficus indoors, let them get a little root-bound. They like it. You’ll only need to repot your tree when it becomes seriously rootbound.
Don’t over fertilize your ficus tree. As an indoor tree it will need fertilizer, just remember not to feed it too much. Use fertilizer designed for indoor plants, and apply it at half-strength. Too much fertilizer will cause the tree’s leaves to turn yellow. Don’t fertilizer more than once a month during growing season, and avoid fertilizer altogether when it goes dormant in the winter.
Remember that your ficus tree can handle neglect better than it can handle too much water, sun, wind or fertilizer. If you follow a simple less-is-more approach, you’ll be able to grow ficus indoors.
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