Ficus trees are very easy to care for once they adjust to the new environment. Ficus trees will thrive if you master the care instructions below:
Light conditions: Indirect bright light, avoid direct blazing sunshine as it will burn the leaves and cause them to drop.
Watering: Your watering schedule is a balancing act between light, soil and the conditions of your environment for your ficus to thrive. The soil condition will vary with the seasonal sunlight changes. Start watering thoroughly once a week with room-temperature water. Adjust for the seasonal changes, usually less water in the winter due to less sunlight. Water the plant until water flows into the saucer, let it sit in water for several minutes if the soil is very dry. The soil is like a sponge, if very dry the soil very dry, it will take time to soak up the water into the centre of the root system, then pour out any excess water in the saucer. Ficus trees are prone to root rot. Root rot is primarily caused by poor drainage of damp soil, overwatering or a poorly functioning root system. Prolonged exposure to excess water causes waterlogging, which interferes with aeration of the roots, leading to low oxygenation and decay.
Rate of growth: Fast during spring to summer,
Humidity: Your Ficus tree will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate regular misting.
Temperature: Your Ficus Danielle will thrive in average temperatures of 60-75 degrees (16C+).
Pets: Ficus Danielle leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.
Ficus are sensitive to changes in their environment. They react to these changes by dropping leaves. If you have just moved your Ficus to a new location, expect the leaves to drop. The leaves will grow back when the plant adjusts to its new location. If it has not been moved, it could be the result of a change in lighting conditions as the seasons' change. Or, it may be reacting to an increase or decrease in its watering frequency.