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There are a plethora of varieties of Ficus, a few of which you would find hard to believe were actually in the ficus family. Most are what is considered durable plants, in that they are long lived given the proper care. Many grow as trees but a few are more bush form and one is actually a creeper. Varieties include: Benjamina, Amstel King, Alii, Pandurata, Petiolaris, Repens (Creeping Fig), and Elastica (Rubber), to name a few. Many varieties have a variegated form.

LIGHT: One of the most important needs for the Ficus is bright light. Not enough light will cause leaf loss. An east, west, or southern window with a sheer curtain is ideal. Some leaf loss is normal as your plant acclimates to it's surroundings. Once placed, refrain from moving this plant unless you see that it needs more light.

TEMPERATURE: Provide average household warmth with a minimum of 55° in the winter. Mist occasionally to elevate humidity in dry environments.

WATER: Allow soil to dry to the touch before thorough watering. Do not allow plant to stand in water. With a larger plant you must make sure you give it enough water to reach the bottom of the pot. If you do not you will loose leaves. A suggestion is to give it enough water until you see it run out the bottom of the pot. Wait until the plant has reabsorbed as much as it will, then drain off the excess.

For specifics on availability, check your specific plant's profile.