Plant Care Banyan Fig

Banyan Fig

4.8 out of 5 (17 experiences)

Banyan Fig has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Banyan Fig has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Banyan Fig

Did you know that all plants in the Ficus genus produce figs? In fact, the word Ficus quite literally means figs! Even cooler, all figs are pollinated by tiny wasps that use the fruits as a safe place to raise their young. 🐝 Ficus plants also contain latex which emerges as a milky sap when twigs are broken. This latex makes them toxic, so be sure to keep a close eye out if you have children or pets!

Taxonomy

Ficus altissima
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

Also known as

Council Tree, Council Tree, Yellow Gem, Yellow gem rubber plant and lofty fig

How to care for Banyan Fig

💦 Water

How often to water your Banyan Fig

Water needs for Banyan Fig
0.5 cups
every 9

Banyan Fig needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Banyan Fig

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Council Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Banyan Fig: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Banyan Fig love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Banyan Fig does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Banyan Fig in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Banyan Fig

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Banyan Fig: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Banyan Fig after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Banyan Fig is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Council Tree Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Banyan Fig prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Council Tree Water Frequency →

Council Tree Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Banyan Fig requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Council Tree Light Requirements →

Council Tree Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Banyan Fig prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Council Tree Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Banyan Fig does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Council Tree →

When and How to Successfully Repot Council Tree →


💩 Fertilizer

Banyan Fig should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Council Tree →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Banyan Fig to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Banyan Fig is native to worldwide Tropics.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Banyan Fig grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌱 Propagation

Banyan Fig can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Council Tree →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Banyan Fig

Banyan Fig

Banyan Fig


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Banyan Fig has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Banyan Fig has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Banyan Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 7
Banyan Fig has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Banyan Fig has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
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leaf-1 26 Plants
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globe Portsmouth, NH
12/27/2021

Love ficus good for everyone

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe Round Hill, VA
12/12/2021

Love my ficus Altissima. We didn’t see growth for the first few weeks but since then it’s been steady growth of new leaves. Easy-ish to care for. It is prone to some of the ficus’ finicky way.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 136 Plants
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globe Austin, TX
10/22/2021

love the leaves in this tree!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe Hartland, MI
05/29/2021

once a simple mother’s day gift, turned into a beautiful plant. super easy to take care of and the slight variegated leaves are beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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