How to Identify My Plant
Hi Judy, please can you help me identify this house plant I was given as a Christmas gift.
Your plant is a type of ficus “benjamina”.
Ficus trees like very bright indirect light. Allow the top 25% of the soil to dry out before watering. Under-watering causes the leaves to turn yellow. Over- watering, much more serious, causes green leaves to fall off and new growth to turn black. Ficus trees like temperatures between 65°-85°F (18.3°-29.4°C). Keep a ficus tree away from cold drafts, air conditioners, and heaters or it will lose leaves. You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a mature braided variety, but the care is the same.
These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants