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Ficus ‘Tineke' (Elastica/Decora)

Ficus ‘Tineke' (Elastica/Decora)

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Ficus, also known as fig trees, are a genus of tropical plants that are native to Asia, Africa, and South America. They come in many different varieties, but are generally known for their glossy, leathery leaves and interesting trunk structure. Ficus are popular indoor plants because they are easy to care for and can add a touch of the tropics to any room.

Care Instructions for  Ficus:

Watering: Ficus prefer consistently moist soil, but not waterlogged. Water when the top 4 inches of soil is dry (about 50-75% dry in most cases), usually once every 2 weeks in the growing season from April-September, cut that in Half in the fall and winter months. Make sure the pot has drainage holes to prevent overwatering.

Light: Ficus prefer bright, indirect light but can also tolerate some direct sunlight. Avoid placing your Ficus in full sun, as this can scorch the leaves, Do not tuck away in a corner, it will hate you.

Temperature: Ficus prefer warm temperatures, with a range of 65-85°F (15-24°C). They can tolerate cooler temperatures, but should be protected from frost at all cost and temps getting under 50 F

Soil: Ficus require well-draining soil, such as a standard potting mix with added perlite. (3:2 mix Avoid using soil that is too heavy or compact, as this can suffocate the roots.

Fertilizer: Ficus benefit from a standard house plant food, cut directions in half and only feed  during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every month.

Pruning: Ficus can grow quite large, so pruning may be necessary to keep them at a manageable size. Prune back any leggy or overgrown branches in the spring or summer, and remove any dead or damaged leaves as needed.

Humidity: Ficus will do fine with normal home humidity but feel free to give it a boost, so consider using a humidifier or placing a tray of water near your plant to increase the humidity.

Overall, Ficus are relatively low-maintenance plants that can add a touch of the tropics to your home. With the right care, they can live for many years and grow quite large. However, they can be sensitive to changes in their environment, so be mindful of any changes in temperature or light, and adjust your care accordingly.

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