Plant Care Ficus Petiolaris

Ficus Petiolaris

Reviewed by: | Last Updated: 01/24/2023

5.0 out of 5 (1 experiences)

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About Ficus Petiolaris

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 petiolaris

Also known as

Petiolate Fig, Petiolate Fig, Petiolate fig, Rock fig and Ficus palmeri

How to care for Ficus Petiolaris


How often to water your Ficus Petiolaris

Water needs for Ficus Petiolaris
0.5 cups
every 9

Ficus Petiolaris 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 Petiolaris

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Petiolate Fig in your home

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

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

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

Ficus Petiolaris does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Ficus Petiolaris

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

Difficulty Level

Ficus Petiolaris 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Ficus Petiolaris

Ficus Petiolaris

Ficus Petiolaris

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

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