Florida Strangler Fig
About Florida Strangler 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!
Also known as
Strangler fig, Golden fig, Higuerón and ficus atltissima
How to care for Florida Strangler Fig
How often to water your Florida Strangler Fig
Florida Strangler Fig needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Antonio, Texas.
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Water 0.5 cups every
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Finding light for Florida Strangler Fig in your home
Florida Strangler Fig love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Florida Strangler Fig does not tolerate low light 🚫.
San Antonio, Texas currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.
How to fertilize Florida Strangler Fig
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 Florida Strangler Fig after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
Florida Strangler 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.
Florida Strangler 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 🏡.
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.
Florida Strangler Fig doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Florida Strangler 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!
Florida Strangler 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!
It’s common for Florida Strangler Fig to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
Florida Strangler Fig is native to worldwide Tropics.
Florida Strangler Fig will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.
Care Summary for Florida Strangler Fig
Florida Strangler Fig
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in San Antonio, Texas, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.