Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.

Houseplant Care Tips

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

White Cloud Ficus Care

Common Name: White Cloud Ficus
Scientific Name: Ficus species
Lighting: Moderate to Bright
Water: Moderate

The White Cloud Ficus is characterized by cream colored and dark green spotted foliage. This particular Ficus is one of the more common varieties second of course to the Benjamin.

The White Cloud Ficus requires moderate light levels so keep within 5 to 8 feet of a sunny window. If the leaves begin to fall off, there's a good chance that your plant is not receiving enough light. Try moving it closer to a window or a better-lighted area. However, be cautious of where you move and how often you move your Ficus. This species does not like to be moved so do it sparingly. Also, be sure to keep your Ficus away from drafts and heat vents.

Moderate watering is what the White Cloud Ficus prefers. Water thoroughly once a week for best results. Be sure not to over water your Ficus plant. If the leaves begin to fall and are not yellowing, try watering it less. If the foliage begins to yellow try watering the plant more frequently. Ficus varieties in general, not just this particular one, usually prefer higher humidity levels, so a couple time a week give the plant a misting to help fulfill its humidity requirements.

Though a very common houseplant, the Ficus does require a great deal more care and attention to detail than others. The main tips I can give to you is to keep your plants environment as consistent as possible. Once variables such as water or lighting change, these plants seem to retaliate.


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Blogger His Work in Progress, Koen said...

I could find no way to contact you so i thought i would try this. I was given a plant but i dont know what it is or how to care for it. It is tall, the stem is kind of barky looking. the leaves are round and have maroon lines in them. if you break it, milk comes out of it. Do you know what this is or a place to point me to find out? thanks

7:56 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Can you post a picture of it on a free image site like Flickr or Photobucket so I could see it? I really can't say without seeing a picture.


3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a walking jew plant.

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Wandering Jew.. not Walking Jew.. and Wandering Jews don't milk, so it probably isn't that.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Martin said...

My mom got me a Benjamin Fig for my new apartment. Can I apply the care information for the white cloud ficus to my Benjamin fig? Also, what is considered frequent moving? I have a balcony where I keep it. Would it be bad to move it in at night every day? What about once a week?

5:55 PM  

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