Caring for your Ficus Regina
Indoor plants should be an essential component of every interior design. The greenery in these plants brightens up indoor spaces, purifies the air, and is known to have mood-boosting qualities. The Ficus genus of ornamental plants is species of plant that is very popular for growing indoors in Qatar, whether in a house, conservatory, office, or hotel. The Ficus plant is not a hard plant to grow; which is why these plants are such popular beginner plants.
Different Varieties of Ficus
Ficus originate from southwest Asia and the Mediterranean. There are many varieties of Ficus plants available, all with different features.
We have listed some of these varieties below. How many do you know?
- Ficus Pumila, commonly known as the climbing fig. Often seen as a hanging houseplant.
- Ficus Lyrata, which is known as the fiddle fig plant A very popular plant used in interior design.
- Ficus Elastica or the rubber tree with its large oval-shaped leaves
- Ficus Benjamina has small oval leaves that droop down, giving it the name of weeping fig
- Ficus Microcarpa, a beautiful indoor plant with a dense large trunk
- Ficus Regina, our favourite! A beautiful plant with a decorative trunk and small oval shiny leaves.
How to take care of a ficus regina plant?
It should come as no surprise that all plants need water, food, and light to grow. But maybe more surprising is that some need very little attention to thrive. The Ficus Regina plant falls into this category. With the correct light, water, and fertiliser your Ficus plant will last for years to come.
One of the most important areas to be aware of when caring for your Ficus Regina plant is to make sure you do not overwater or underwater the plant. Underwatering or overwatering may lead to leaf drop. So to stop this from happening, put your fingertips into the soil down to the first finger knuckle and if your Ficus feels moist then there is no need to water your plant. Generally, we would recommend watering your Ficus Regina plant every 3-5 days. The Ficus thrives well in temperatures ranging between 15°C to 25°C. The leaves of the Ficus plant do not have to be misted for them to remain glossy. However, a damp cloth can be used occasionally to wipe the leaves to remove any dust and keep the shine.
The Ficus plant enjoys indirect light, this could be filtered light from the sheers of a curtain or from an artificial light source. When the light lowers in the Autumn and Winter months your Ficus Regina may enter a period of dormancy, don’t worry it should perk back up in the Spring and Summer. Therefore, it is necessary to adjust your watering accordingly during these different seasons to maintain the natural beauty of the Ficus Regina.
All plants need some extra nourishment to help them to continue to grow and produce leaves and flowers. Fertilising your Ficus Regina with a natural fertiliser will promote growth. Nitrogen encourages foliage growth, and it is for this reason we recommend your fertiliser has a high level of nitrogen. Fertilise your plant at the beginning of the growing season with a slow-release fertiliser or once a month with regular fertiliser.
As we have mentioned above your Ficus Regina loves indirect sunlight, so ideally it should be displayed where it will receive a good amount of indirect sunlight. Turn your Ficus plant every so often to enable the plant to grow evenly around the trunk. With all these pointers your Ficus Regina will become a long-lasting beautiful member of your home and family.
Common Problems you might face with Ficus
Ficus Regina is an easy beginner’s house plant but can be sensitive to environmental change. The standard reaction to stress for this plant is to shed its leaves. Ficus plants like continuity. They will grow well in the same place for years and years. Moving your Ficus tree to a new location may cause it to lose leaves. This is only a temporary problem and the leaves will grow back once the plant has adjusted to its new location.
Other common factors that may lead to leaf drop include;
- Underwatering or overwatering; As we discussed above the Ficus Regina is sensitive to over or underwatering. Ensure the top layer of your soil is dry before watering and make sure the bottom of the pot has drainage holes, so it does not become waterlogged.
- Relocating or repotting. Ficus plants are sensitive to all kinds of movement in the room. If you must repot and move it around the house, do so gradually and only when deemed necessary.
- Low Humidity: Ficus plants do not like dry air, so if this is the case just give your plant a misting every week.
- Too little light. If the plant is in a dark area it will not grow well and will begin to lose its leaves.
- Change in temperature (too hot or cold). Avoid exposure to sudden temperature changes.
- Pests: There are several small insects such as mealybugs and mites that can take up residence on your Ficus plant. In most cases, they can easily be eradicated by wiping the leaves with a damp soft cloth or a wet sponge. In tougher cases, spray insecticidal soap that is available at our garden center. If you notice your Ficus Regina’s leaves becoming dry this is due to too much direct sunlight.
Some other signs that your Ficus Regina plant is distressed include browning/yellowing of the leaf edges. This is a signal that the ficus plant is lacking in something. Water, fertile soil, humidity, light, or a combination of all. As we have mentioned the Ficus Regina plant is a relatively easy plant to look after. However, should you require any assistance with your plants and you are unable to figure out the problem kindly get in touch with our maintenance team that are always ready to help. Contact (+974) 7448 9050 or Email: [email protected].
Tips and tricks to
keep your Ficus plant healthy
Here are some of the tricks and growing tips to ensure that you maintain the fascinating green look of your Ficus Regina in your indoor space.
The best way to look after your Ficus Regina plant is to keep an eye on the plant so you can notice any changes that may occur. Changes are as simple as if the soil becomes dry, if you see yellow leaves or if there are little bugs appearing on the leaves. These are all signs that your Ficus Regina plant needs something.
Pruning is considered unnecessary for the Ficus plant unless you notice that the plant is getting tall and spindly. Repotting should be considered only if you notice that the plant is getting bigger than the pot. As a general rule, Ficus Regina needs a good amount of space to let their roots grow. It is advisable to avoid repotting if there is no need.
Lastly, keep your Ficus plant fertilised and try to minimise the changes in its environment. In return, it will reward you with rapid growth and the opportunity to bring an outdoor feeling to the indoors, all year round.
There are so many Ficus varieties to choose from, but we are sure if you follow our simple tips and tricks your Ficus Regina plant will bring you endless joy. No matter what questions or challenges you may have with your indoor plants the Plaza Hollandi team is here to help. For more information, you can always get in touch with our Garden center team via contact (+974) 5521 8619 or email [email protected]
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