Plant Care Ficus Altissima

Ficus Altissima

4.8 out of 5 (17 experiences)

Ficus Altissima has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Ficus Altissima has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Ficus Altissima

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, Banyan Fig and lofty fig

How to care for Ficus Altissima

Water

How often to water your Ficus Altissima

Water needs for Ficus Altissima
0.5 cups
every 9

Ficus Altissima 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 Ficus Altissima

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Council Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ficus Altissima: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ficus Altissima love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Ficus Altissima does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Ficus Altissima

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ficus Altissima: 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 Ficus Altissima after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Humidity
Soil
Fertilizer
Dormancy
Native Region

Care Summary for Ficus Altissima

Ficus Altissima

Ficus Altissima


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

Ficus Altissima has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Ficus Altissima has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Ficus Altissima has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 7
Ficus Altissima has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Ficus Altissima has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Annalovesvoting avatar
@Annalovesvoting
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 3,311 XP
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
Survivor Survivor
Rinnyk avatar
@Rinnyk
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,571 XP
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
Survivor Survivor
Rjg avatar
@Rjg
leaf-1 123 Plants
xp 108,526 XP
globe Austin, TX
10/22/2021

love the leaves in this tree!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Brennanarnold avatar
@Brennanarnold
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 1,204 XP
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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