I just bought this 8ft’ tree as a houseplant, but all it said was “green plant.” Could you tell me what it is and how to care for it? Thanks a bunch!
Your plant is called a Ficus Triangularis (Triangle Ficus). Here are some plant tips of how to grow a Ficus Triangularis.
Light: bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. is essential or the ficus will drop its leaves by the hundreds.
Water: Water Triangle Ficus houseplants when the top 50% of the potting soil is dry. Soak the soil until water comes out of the drip holes in the bottom of the container. Allow the soil to dry out the same amount before watering again. If the Ficus Triangularis gets yellow leaves it needs more water. If green leaves fall off and new growth turns black, the Ficus plant is being over-watered.
fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.: Feed all Ficus houseplants when they are actively growing with a well balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Never feed a Ficus Tree in the winter.
Temperature: Normal temperatures above 55 degrees. Avoid placing a Triangle Ficus Tree near an air conditioner, heater, or any cold drafts from windows and doors.