The addition of houseplants is a great way to brighten the interior of homes, offices, and other small spaces. While there are many smaller species of houseplants available, some growers choose to implement larger statement making plants into their décor, like ficus. When planted into containers, many tall plants create lush, dense foliage displays. The longleaf fig is just one example of a larger plant specimen which thrives when grown indoors. Keep reading for tips on growing longleaf figs in the home.
Longleaf Fig Info – What is a Longleaf Fig?
Longleaf fig, or Ficus binnendijkii, is a tropical, evergreen plant. Reaching up to 100 feet (30.5 m.) when grown in tropical conditions, many may not think it probable for use as a houseplant. In fact, despite its large stature in nature, this plant grows exceedingly well in container culture, though most container grown plants will not exceed 6 feet (2 m.) in height.
Another prominent feature of this plant – longleaf fig trees offer beautiful year-round foliage in the form of long and narrow leaves (hence the common name).
How to Grow a Longleaf Fig
Compared to some other houseplants, when growing longleaf fig, care is relatively simple. Those wishing to grow this plant will have the best chance of success by purchasing plants which are already established, rather than attempting to grow from seed.
First, one must select a properly sized container in which they plan to grow the tree. Since longleaf figs often get quite large, the pot selected should be at least twice as wide and twice as deep as the plant’s root mass. Gently transplant the tree, and move it into its final location indoors.
Longleaf fig plants should be placed near a bright window in order to receive high amounts of light. However, with this in mind, the plants should not receive direct sunlight through the window. Paying close attention to the leaves and growth habits of the plant will help better identify what adjustments may need to be made as to ensure that the plant receives optimal sunlight.
In addition to specific light requirements, these plants are especially sensitive to temperature changes and should not be exposed to those below 60 F. (16 C.). Even gusty drafts caused by the opening and closing of doors throughout the winter may cause the plants to drop some leaves.
As with many tropical houseplants, longleaf fig care will require weekly misting in order to ensure that adequate humidity is maintained.