Adopting and caring for Ficus Triangularis
Adopting: As with every plant look for healthy plants with well-formed leaves. An uncared dracaena will be leggy, with long naked stems that make them ugly. Look for bushy, well-grown plants without any sign of stem damage. Look under its leaves for visible pest infestation
Locating: Strong, direct sunlight can bleach, even burn the leaves of a dracaena, so it is better to have them in shaded, lower light areas. If you are growing them indoors, or a well-shaded balcony we recommend that you move the plant around to a spot that has better light once every few weeks
Potting: Since these plants are natives of the tropics they need porous, well-drained soils. They do well in a 30:30:30:10 mix of coco-peat, compost, coarse sand and Perlite
Watering: A Ficus needs less water than most indoor plants. It’s a good idea to hold off watering them until the top layer of soil dry to touch. Drooping or yellowing leaves could indicate over-watering or poor drainage
Fertilising: If your potting mix is right, these plants will not require too much fertiliser. However, nourishing them with an organic liquid fertiliser a few times a year will help them do well. If you are using a chemical mix, ensure that they don’t touch the stalk or its leaves. This could damage the plant.
Ficus are tough, hardy plants with aggressive root systems that make excellent houseplants. They are mostly grown as single-stemmed plants; at other times grouped or even braided together in the same pot to create showpieces.
Did you know
Did you know? Fruits of Ficus plants, figs are thought to be among the first fruit species cultivated by humans.