Houseplants

Cordyline “Pink Passion”

Evergreen Perennial

Upright habit with variegated burgundy leaves with vibrant pink edges, long and arching. Great as a houseplant. Deer resistant.

Croton “Gold Dust”

Codiaeum variegatum

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water but prefers not to sit in water.

Croton “Magnificent”

Codiaeum variegatum

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water but prefers not to sit in water.

Ctenanthe “Compact Star”

C. setosa “Compact Star”

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate (distilled) water but prefers not to sit in water. Occasionally mist the leaves.

Dischidia astephana

Rare tropical climbing succulent. Paired leaves. Can be grown mounted or in a terrarium, keep in warm and humid environment, not too hot.

Dracaena “Lemon Lime”

D. fragrans “Lemonlime”

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water but prefers not to sit in water.

Dracaena “Malaika”

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water but prefers not to sit in water.

Dracaena “Massangeana”

D. fragrans “Massangeana”

Large variegated leaves with wide yellow stripe down the middle. Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water but prefers not to sit in water.

Dracaena marginata

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water but prefers not to sit in water.

Dracaena marginata “Sunray”

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water but prefers not to sit in water.

Dracaena steudneri “Sol”

Stunning variegated leaves with yellow and green stripes. Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water but prefers not to sit in water.

Epipremnum pinnatum

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water but prefers not to sit in water.

Ficus “Burgundy”

F. elastica “Burgundy”

Stunning indoor Rubber Tree with dark green leaves, nearly black. Relatively easy to grow. Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, low to moderate water.

In habitat the species can grow a large broad trunk and reach well over 100ft tall.

Ficus “Ginseng”

Ficus microcarpa

Caudiciform tree, will slowly develop a swollen base and makes a beautiful houseplant natural bonsai specimen. Glossy green leaves. In the ground is a full size tree, ancient specimens growing over 100ft tall.

Can be grown indoor as a tropical houseplant, can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, moderate water, some humidity.

Ficus “Ruby”

F. elastica “Ruby”

Stunning indoor Rubber Tree with colorful variegated leaves with stunning red edges. Relatively easy to grow. Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, low to moderate water.

In habitat the species can grow a large broad trunk and reach well over 100ft tall.

Ficus “Sylvie”

F. elastica “Sylvie”

Stunning indoor Rubber Tree with colorful variegated leaves. Relatively easy to grow. Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, low to moderate water.

In habitat the species can grow a large broad trunk and reach well over 100ft tall.

Ficus “Tineke”

F. elastica “Tineke”

Stunning indoor Rubber Tree with colorful variegated leaves. Relatively easy to grow. Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, low to moderate water.

In habitat the species can grow a large broad trunk and reach well over 100ft tall.

Ficus – Care Sheet

FICUS CARE

Care level: These species are quite an easy plant to care for and can grow well on low light. The worst a grower can do (which are common mistakes) is over-water, move the plant around too much or to a spot with less light or with colder temperatures.

Growth: Once the plant begins to mature and grow in height it’s common to train and support the trunk and branches by staking or tying them back to keep them growing upright.

Facts

Names:

  • Rubber plant or tree, rubber bush (common). Ficus elastica (botanical/scientific).
    • Origin: India, Nepal, Myanmar, China, Malaysia & others.
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (common). Ficus lyrata (botanical/scientific).
    • Origin: West Africa

Max Growth (approx):  Height 10ft (3m).

Poisonous for pets: Toxic to cats and dogs.

Plant Care

Temperature:  Ave. room temps of 60 – 75°F. Avoid lower than 55°F, sudden drops and cold drafts.

Light: A nice brightly lit spot is ideal, without direct sunlight.

Watering: Water once the soil becomes slightly dry to the touch and make sure the pot has sufficient drainage holes to allow excess water to seep through. We water about once/week.

Soil: A well-draining and well-aerated potting soil is needed.

Re-Potting:  From May – June re-pot once the roots have become pot bound or every year when the plants are very young, and then once every 3 years after the plant has matured.

Fertilizer: Feed during spring and summer every 2-4 weeks.

Humidity: To improve humidity mist the leaves when it gets very warm in the summer.

Propagation:  These can be quite tricky to propagate by stem tip cuttings, but you can succeed. Take a cutting (few inches long) and allow the sap to dry for 1 hour. Before potting the cutting in soil use rooting hormone and then provide the bottom of the pot some heat (usually using a heat pad).

Pruning:  Once the rubber plant has grown to the height you want it to grow up to, you can cut the top off. You may also want to prune back any unwanted branches to give the plant a fuller shape. It’s best to prune in spring or summer but any other time will be fine.

Potential Problems

Loss of leaves: Most common cause is over-watering, which will need attention asap (renew top soil or re-pot –pot up–). Other conditions can also cause leaves to drop including, low temperatures, not enough light or cold drafts. Moving your plant from a bright location to dim can also cause leaf drop. It’s normal for some of the bottom leaves to turn yellow and drop, but do check if conditions are OK.

Leaf edges yellowing: This is really a process of elimination. The problem could be poor soil, under-feeding, or too much water. You’ll need to check each one of the care instructions above and eliminate what your doing well and try to find the cause.

Pests: Mealy bug, scale and mites are common pests that like to cause this ficus tree problems.

 

Ficus altissima “Yellow Gem”

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, low to moderate water.

Ficus benghalensis

Ficus “Audrey”

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, low to moderate water.

Ficus lyrata

Tropical Houseplant can handle a variety of indoor light conditions, bright indirect is best. Fast draining soil, low to moderate water.