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About Ficus Altissima
The Ficus Altissima, a member of the Moraceae or mulberry family, is native to Southeast Asia. Also known as the Council Tree or the Lofty Fig, this stunning plant boasts large, glossy green leaves with striking yellow veining, adding a lush tropical touch to any indoor space. Easy to care for and an excellent air purifier, the Ficus Altissima makes a great addition to any plant collection.
Other common names
- Council Tree
- Lofty Fig
- Yellow Gem
How Often Should I Water My Ficus Altissima?
With easyplant, watering your Ficus Altissima is simple. Check the easyplant reservoir once a month and fill it when empty, and you're all set!
Without an easyplant pot, water your Ficus Altissima when the top two inches of soil feel dry. Be careful not to overwater, as this can cause root rot. Water until the soil is evenly moist, and ensure the plant is in well-draining soil and a pot with proper drainage.
Ficus Altissima Light Needs
Ficus Altissima grows best in a space with bright indirect light, where the sun rays are diffused, and can also adapt to spaces with bright direct light, where the sunlight streams inside directly. Avoid placing it in spaces with low light or spaces without natural sunlight.
Ficus Altissima Plant Care
To encourage even growth, dust the leaves with a microfiber cloth and rotate the pot by a ¼ turn every month. This will ensure all parts of the plant receive the light they need for optimal growth.
How Big Do Ficus Altissima Plants Grow?
Indoors, Ficus Altissima can grow up to 6 to 8 feet tall. Regular pruning can help maintain a smaller size if desired.
Temperature & Humidity
Ficus Altissima prefers a temperature range of 65-75°F (18-24°C) and can tolerate temperatures as low as 60°F (16°C). However, lower temperatures may impact the plant's health. Native to tropical regions, the Ficus Altissima enjoys higher humidity levels. Aim for a humidity level of 50% or more. To increase humidity, use a humidifier, place the plant near a pebble tray with water, group it with other plants, or locate it in a naturally humid environment such as a kitchen or bathroom.
Are Ficus Altissima Plants Toxic for Pets & Kids?
Ficus Altissima is mildly toxic to pets and humans if ingested. Keep the plant out of reach of children and pets to avoid any potential issues.
Troubleshooting Common Problems with Ficus Altissima
If leaves on your Ficus Altissima start to yellow or drop, it may be due to overwatering. Water only when the top two inches of soil feel dry. Browning leaf tips may be a sign of low humidity. Increase the humidity by using a humidifier or placing your plant near a water-filled pebble tray. If leaves lose their vibrant color, move the plant to a brighter spot with indirect light. Pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, or scale insects can sometimes infest Ficus Altissima. If you notice small insects or sticky residue on the leaves, treat the plant with insecticidal soap or neem oil.