The word Ficus is Latin for “fig”, which is appropriate for these fig bearing fruit trees. There are over 900 species of Ficus (in the form of trees, shrubs, and vines) but the most common to the interiorscpaing world are F. lyrata (fiddle-leaf), F. benjamina, and F. amstel.


These trees prefer medium to bright light and are often grown in such conditions. This means they require a transition period before being brought into the low light conditions in the interiorscape. Once adapted, they can survive in low-light conditions just fine, but avoid putting them in dark corners of the office or home.


Ficus do best when their roots are allowed to become moderately dry between waterings. Both underwatering and overwatering can cause these trees to pout.