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A versatile and tough group of plants often grown indoors, ficus comes in all sorts of forms, ranging from creeping vine to the giant tree. Its glossy leaves grow in a variety of colours and patterns. And even though this cousin of the edible fig is a tropical plant, it survives in a wide variety of conditions. The 850 species span a wide range of looks. Leaves grow dark burgundy on the rubber plant, diamond-shape on the weeping fig, small-as-a-pinky-nail on some creeping varieties, and as large as a football on others. Needs vary among the varieties, but generally, ficus prefers well-drained fertile soil that is kept consistently moist. Although it can tolerate an occasional missed watering, allowing them to dry out regularly stresses the plant.


  • A soft like ripe fruit, but not juicy like custard apples.
  • The flesh of the fruit is pulpy and jellylike but grainy from the seeds.
  • The floret filaments contain a dense stringiness.
  • A native fruit of the Mediterranean rich in calcium, fibre and antioxidants.
  • They are hardy and drought-resistant on established.
  • Requires mulch every year to maintain a cool root.
  • Well-rotten compost and cow manure can also be added.
  • Monthly watering with liquid seaweed fertilizer would be beneficial.
  • Fig trees require very little pruning and can be left for 3 – 4 years before shaping.

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