Plant Care shortleaf fig

shortleaf fig

About shortleaf 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!


Ficus citrifolia

Also known as

shortleaf fig, giant bearded fig, Jagüey, wild banyantree and Wimba tree

How to care for shortleaf fig


How often to water your shortleaf fig

Water needs for shortleaf fig
0.5 cups
every 9

shortleaf 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 shortleaf fig

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 shortleaf fig in your home

Light needs and placement for plant shortleaf fig: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

shortleaf fig love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

shortleaf fig does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize shortleaf fig

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

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Care Summary for shortleaf fig

shortleaf fig

shortleaf fig

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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