Ficus petiolaris aka Petiolated Fig
Common namesPetiolated Fig, Petiolate Fig, Rock Fig, Ficus Palmeri
How to care for Petiolated Fig
Are you up for a challenge? Petiolated Fig will test your gardening skills and require extra care and attention to thrive.
Petiolated Fig should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
Petiolated Fig loves a well-draining soil. Perlite and vermiculite help with drainage, while coco coir adds organic matter, so a good potting soil mix will have all three. You can improve store-bought soil by adding some perlite to it.
To ensure optimal growth, the Petiolated Fig prefers bright diffused light for 6-8 hours each day. Insufficient light can result in slow growth and leaf drop, so it's important to find a well-lit location for this plant. Place it near a window, within a distance of 1 meter (3 feet), to enhance its potential for thriving.
During the cold period, it is common for Petiolated Fig to go dormant and their growth may slow down, so waterings should be spaced out more during this period.
Ploi's records do not contain confirmed information on the toxicity of this particular plant. In the event of accidental ingestion of plant material with questionable toxicity by you, a family member, or a pet, it is always a good idea to consult a healthcare professional.
The Petiolated Fig is not in need of supplementary humidity. Most water is taken in by plants through their roots, thus soil watering is the most efficient way to provide humidity to your plants.
The Petiolated Fig should be repotted either when it doubles in size or annually, whichever comes first. Providing new potting soil with all the vital nutrients annually is enough to support the growth of the plant, and thus, there is no need for fertilizer. Remember that plants derive their energy from the sun, not fertilizer.
Petiolated Fig’s native range is worldwide Tropics.