Ficus & Fig
About Ficus & Fig
Ficus is a genus of about 850 species of woody trees, shrubs, vines, epiphytes and hemiepiphytes in the family Moraceae. Collectively known as fig trees or figs.Ficus plants can be grown outdoors if you live in a warm, sunny climate where the temperatures never drop near the freezing point. The leaves of the fig tree (Ficus carica) are quite lovely — large, beautifully shaped, and generous in their provision of shade.
Most of us, however, grow ficus plants as houseplants, where they add an element of grace and beauty to the indoor environment. Growing ficus plants is relatively easy, although they can be rather fussy on occasion. Most of the Ficus are a common plant in the home and office, mainly because they look like a typical tree with a single trunk and a spreading canopy. But for all of their popularity, ficus plants are finicky.
They make good houseplants because they don’t require direct sunlight. Even if we have sunny windows, our homes are too dark for sun loving plants. The plants we call houseplants are usually shade plants in their native environments. A ficus tree will be happy either in front of a sunny window or in a corner of your room away for the window.