Plant Care Mistletoe Fig

Mistletoe Fig

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About Mistletoe 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 deltoidea

Also known as

Delta Fig and Fig Shrub

How to care for Mistletoe Fig

💦 Water

How often to water your Mistletoe Fig

Water needs for Mistletoe Fig
0.5 cups
every 9

Mistletoe 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.

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Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Mistletoe Fig in your home

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

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

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

Mistletoe Fig does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Mistletoe Fig

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Mistletoe 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.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Mistletoe 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 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 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.

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💨 Humidity

Mistletoe 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.

Mistletoe Fig Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Mistletoe 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 Mistletoe Fig →

When and How to Successfully Repot Mistletoe Fig →

💩 Fertilizer

Mistletoe 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!

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❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Mistletoe 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

Mistletoe Fig is native to worldwide Tropics.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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

How and When to Prune Mistletoe Fig →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Mistletoe Fig can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Mistletoe Fig Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 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 Mistletoe Fig

Mistletoe Fig

Mistletoe 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.

What other plant parents say

Mistletoe Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
@MeghanBPhD avatar
leaf-1 27 Plants
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globe Bloomington, IL

Mine has never grown and drops leaves easily. Just not been a satisfying plant.

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leaf-1 26 Plants
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globe Kippa-Ring, Queensland

Interesting leaf shape and texture details, I love the green leafy lobes. It doesn’t seem particularly fast to grow but I really enjoy this plant. It seems very hardy abs has been both overwatered and underwatered without seeming harm.

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