Many ficuses make wonderful indoor plants, ideal for filling those empty spaces around your home.
This species looks similar to Ficus elastica in leaf shape and gloss, but structurally resembles Ficus benghalensis too – the best of both worlds. Look for the popular cultivar Yellow Gem, sporting variegated leaves with patches of yellow and green that instantly brighten winter interiors.
The most famous of all the ficuses indoors has to be Ficus lyrata commonly known as the fiddle-leaf fig. They have a reputation for being fussy and dropping leaves, but keeping environmental conditions consistent and giving them plenty of bright light will ensure yours stays lush and happy year-round.
This ficus species is known as the weeping fig for its drooping foliage. The leaves are much smaller than other ficus species but have a lusher and more abundant look ideal for living rooms. Variegated cultivars are available with creamy yellow or white edging for an additional pop of colour.
Often labelled Ficus Audrey, this species has rounded green leaves and strong stems. As one of the easiest species to grow, Ficus benghalensis is a great option for beginners. They may start out small but will eventually grow to ceiling height with the right conditions and a large container.
With glossy pointed leaves and an upright growth habit, Ficus elastica is the perfect addition to minimalist or modern interiors. Commonly known as rubber trees, these plants are really great options for beginners. Try ‘Abidjan’ for some dramatic colour or ‘Tineke’ for unique variegation patterns.
A version of this article was published in the Garden&Home July 2023 print magazine.
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