The ficus or fig family includes over 800 species of trees, shrubs and vines. Whether you’re looking for a stately tree a sturdy shru, or a hardy trailing vine, there is a ficus to enhance your space. An enduring houseplant, they give an earthy old world charm to your home.
how this nature nurtures you
Ficus are powerful air purifiers, filtering pollutants out of your environment. Their calming presence and prevailing significance in various spiritual traditions remind us to take time for self-care and reflection.
It is believed that Buddha’s Bodhi Tree, or ‘Tree of Awakening’ was a ficus religiosa, which he was seated under when he attained enlightenment.
how to nurture your nature
ORIGINThe tropics of Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
WATERThey like to be consistently moist, but not soggy. Check once per week, and water gently if soil surface feels dry.
LIGHTWill tolerate some shadier conditions, but prefer bright, indirect light.
TEMPERATUREThey don’t like being cold. Keep away from drafts and frequently open doors. 17- 26 degrees celsius.
HUMIDITYThey love humidity. Set on a pebble tray with water, or mist frequently.
TOXICITYMildly toxic to humans and pets. Sap may cause skin Irritation.
FERTILIZERFeed every month in the spring and summer with an all purpose fertilizer. Apply to damp soil so you don't burn the roots.
The fig is widely known in the Middle East as The Tree of Abundance. The seeds represent unity and universal knowledge and understanding.
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