Garden, Gardens

The perfect house plant

All homes should have at least a little greenery in them. Not only do house plants add a bit of colour and life to a space, several studies have shown that they improve our feeling of well being and even influence our ability to concentrate. It might be partly why there’s been a movement towards patio gardens, wall gardens, hydroponic systems for apartments and hanging plants over the past few years. With some of us being greener of finger than others, it is wise to choose a plant that can withstand a bit of 'neglect'. Enter the popular ficus – a version of the fig tree – which survives indoor living rather well without much attention. Here are five tips to keep your ficus thriving:

1. Not too sunny

This species typically thrives in warmer climes and also likes indirect light, which makes them well-suited to indoor living where they won't get overwhelmed with direct sunlight.

2. Avoid the draught

Ficus don't like to be blown about by wind, so try ensure its leaves aren't ruffled by a constant draught and that the temperature around it stays fairly even.

3. Find its 'home'

Pick a good spot and leave it there. Plants become accustomed to facing a particular way, drawing their energy and resources from light that comes from a certain spot. Moving them around will cause defoliation - meaning, they'll loose their leaves and potentially even die.
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4. Not too thirsty

They need to be watered about once a week. The soil should always be moist, but not soggy. It may help to add mulch or moss at the roots to help retain the moisture in the soil and to bathe the underside of the leaves with any evaporating moisture.

5. Go easy on the fertiliser

The ficus isn't a heavy feeder, so keeping it healthy is pretty simple. Buy yourself a small bottle of water soluble fertiliser and ensure you mix in a little with some water to feed the roots just once a month.

Did you know?

There are 850 species of ficus in the world and most are fruit-bearing. In fact, most of us will know them as fig trees. The indoor mini versions are hybridised so as not to bear fruit and are often trained using bonsai methods.