Also known as the Fig, Ficus plants are found naturally in the topics. Although they are a tree/shrub style plant they can be kept as houseplants. Pruning is often required to keep their size suitable for indoor areas. This is easily done by cutting just before a growth node which will mean new growth will cover the cut stem.
These plants generally have flat, oval leaves growing from a central stem. They come in a variety of colours from greens to pinks to whites. Some varieties have smaller, more abundant leaves while others have large, thicker leaves.
Light: Bright to moderate.
Temperature and humidity: Moderate to warm. Moderate to high humidity.
Feeding: Fortnightly, using foliage houseplant fertiliser. Monthly in winter.
Watering: When dry. Reduce watering if cool.
Propagation: Tip cuttings, air layering.