The Ficus genus counts hundreds of species, some of which are used to decorate homes indoors.
Whether gnarled bonsai or shrub with giant leaves, take your pick!
Ficus benjamina, the most famous
This is the ficus tree that comes to mind when the topic of ficus trees arises: with its shiny green leaves, dark or mottled colors, it has survived the worst of gardeners, since it can survive in very low light and even if watering has been forgotten for a while.
Although it isn’t very original, this ficus tree is nonetheless worth its while thanks to its hardiness and its rapid growth in a luminous room: it can grow over 13 feet (4 meters) tall!
And if it grows too fast for you, don’t worry: just prune it!
- Read also: how to grow Ficus benjamina
Ficus lyrata, the most trendy
No surprise that it appears in home decoration blogs and magazines.
Apart from its aesthetic assets, lyrata also shares other Ficus’ taste for luminous spots that aren’t in direct sunlight, and for moderate temperatures, too, from 60 to 72°F (15 to 22°C).
Ficus elastica or rubber ficus tree
A hybrid coming from an Asian tropical forest tree that grows 130 feet (40 meters) tall, this prize indoor plant boasts large shiny leaves that are sometimes mottled.
Like the other Ficus trees, it will relax thanks to the several mist baths and moderate watering that you can provide once a week when the surface soil has dried.
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Ficus microcarpa, the easy bonsai
Either small or large, 16 inches to 3 feet (40 cm to 1 m), its gnarly bearing looks quite like a miniature tree, which is particularly ornamental. Like all bonsais, it must be regularly pruned and it fears gusts of wind.
To keep it for a long time, keep it over winter in a cool room, 55 to 60°F (12 to 15°C) and bring it out in the shade in summer. Add fertilizer every year and repot every two years.
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