Plant Care Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree

About Bodhi Tree

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 religiosa
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

Also known as

botree, peepul tree and peepultree

How to care for Bodhi Tree

💦 Water

How often to water your Bodhi Tree

Water needs for Bodhi Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Bodhi Tree 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 Bodhi Tree

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bodhi Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bodhi Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bodhi Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Bodhi Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Bodhi Tree

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Bodhi Tree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Bodhi Tree →

Common Bodhi Tree Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Bodhi Tree 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.

Bodhi Tree Water Frequency →

Bodhi Tree Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bodhi Tree 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 🏡.

Bodhi Tree Light Requirements →

Bodhi Tree Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 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.


💨 Humidity

Bodhi Tree 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.

Bodhi Tree Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Bodhi Tree 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Bodhi Tree →


💩 Fertilizer

Bodhi Tree 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!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Bodhi Tree 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

Bodhi Tree is native to worldwide Tropics.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Bodhi Tree 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.

How and When to Prune Bodhi Tree →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Bodhi Tree can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bodhi Tree 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 Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree


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.

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