Which Ficus Plant Matches Your Personality?

Which Ficus Plant Matches Your Personality?

Trends come and go in the plant world but plants of the Ficus genus have remained in our favorites list for years. We haven’t yet met a plant lover who doesn’t gush over a particular Ficus tree or two. One of the things we can agree on about Ficus plants is that there’s so much to love because of the available variety. In fact, there’s a Ficus for everybody! Check which one will best suit your personality.

1) Ficus Elastica (a.k.a Rubber Tree)

Ficus Elastica (a.k.a Rubber Tree)

Perfect for: The Minimalist
Care level: Easy to moderate
Light: Bright, indirect light
Water: Water only when the soil is dry

If you are a fan of minimalist decor and neutral home interior, the Ficus elastica is a great indoor ornamental plant to match your aesthetics. It’s all about the broad, shiny leaves and its tall, attractive stature. Depending on your motif at home, you can choose the F. elastica decora for its deep green leaves, the F. elastica black prince for its darker burgundy leaves, or the F. elastica robusta for its even bigger leaves.

The Ficus elastica provides a subdued charm to every room or corner. Just make sure to give it enough indirect sunlight, such as beside a bright window with sheer curtains, so it can continue to thrive in your home. One of the common mistakes that rubber tree owners make is over-watering; be sure to check the soil and water only when it is completely dry. As a minimalist, you’ll benefit from this fuss-free schedule!

2) Ficus Lyrata (a.k.a. Fiddle-Leaf Fig)

Ficus Lyrata (a.k.a. Fiddle-Leaf Fig)

Perfect for: The Influencer
Care level:
Moderate
Light:
Bright, filtered light
Water:
Soil must be kept moist but not too wet

You’ve probably seen the Ficus lyrata in many of the glamorous living rooms on interior design accounts on Instagram or Pinterest. Its large, veined leaves– said to be the shape of a violin, hence the name fiddle-leaf– make a good focal point in real life and in pictures. If you are an influencer or perhaps someone in the business of creating content for social media, you’ll rack up a few social points because of this tree! It’s a head-turner, or should we say scroll-stopper, for sure!

Caring for your fiddle-leaf fig will require the same time and attention as you would in checking your engagement stats or organizing the look of your grid. The Ficus lyrata prefers bright, filtered light because direct sunlight makes them susceptible to leaf burn. Add more care when watering because this plant loves medium moisture– the soil should always be moist but never too wet either. If you notice your fiddle leaf losing its bright green luster, it might need more water. However, if its leaves start dropping, you might want to check for root rot right away.

3) Ficus Alii (a.k.a. Banana Leaf Fig)

Ficus Alii (a.k.a. Banana Leaf Fig)

Perfect for: The Artist
Care level:
Moderate
Light:
Bright, indirect light
Water:
Soil must be evenly moist; does well in self-watering containers

Does your living space or studio need a touch of drama and elegance? The Ficus alii with its long, slender leaves is the statement piece you need. Whether you decide to prune it to maintain its topiary shape or if you let it grow out like a willow, this plant has so much character that it could just inspire your next artwork!

But like an artist, this plant can get a little moody with water. It likes to keep its soil moist but it has to be the right kind of moisture. Ideally, you can wait until the top 1-2 inches of your soil dry out before watering again. This might be tricky to do without a moisture meter or prior experience so it is often recommended to set-up a self-watering container for this particular Ficus.

4) Ficus Umbellata (a.k.a. Heart-Shaped Fig)

Ficus Umbellata (a.k.a. Heart-Shaped Fig)

Perfect for: The 2022 Trendsetter
Care level:
Easy to moderate
Light:
Bright, indirect light or gentle direct light
Water:
Water only when the soil is dry

The Ficus umbellata is the Ficus to watch out for this 2022 because of its relatively easy care instructions that yield fantastic, visually stimulating results! The wide, heart-shaped leaves branching out of a super thin stem look like a canopy of umbrellas. Ooh la la! Certainly chic, this Ficus will be gaining more popularity so you better start looking for one to add to your stylish abode– if you haven’t done that already.

Because of its thin stem, the Ficus umbellata will lean into the light more evidently than other types. So rotate the pot once a week or whenever you water. When watering, wait for the soil to completely dry out like the Ficus Elastica. However, the Umbellata is slightly thirstier than the Elastica so have a separate watering schedule for each plant.

5) Ficus Benjamina (a.k.a Weeping Fig)

Ficus Benjamina (a.k.a Weeping Fig)

Perfect for: The Elite
Care level:
Moderate
Light:
Bright, indirect light
Water:
Soil must be moist

Industrial landscape artists and bonsai lovers are drawn to the Ficus benjamina not only because of its elegant, drooping leaves but also because of its woven stems. The weeping fig is a high-impact plant that steals the gaze. It can even compete with expensive furniture and other luxury items when it comes to getting ooh’s and aah’s. So if you are a V.I.P, you have to have this very impactful plant.

Although very tolerant of indoor environments, the Ficus benjamina will require pruning and the right soil-based potting mix. Because it thrives in moist soil, it needs a fast-draining potting soil to avoid root rot and other diseases.

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