Ficus triangularis 'Variegata'
Ficus triangularis 'Variegata'

Ficus triangularis 'Variegata'

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This is a super cool variety of Ficus made even cuter by it's yellow and green variegation. It does require some specific conditions in order to thrive. Since these can be a bit pricey, let's make sure you can keep it alive! 

- Keep your Ficus triangularis warm. It does not want to get below 60 degrees.

- As much light as you can possibly throw on your Ficus triangularis is what you should give it. A Southern or Western window is ideal.  In a Western window, take care to shield it from the harshest, hottest sun of the day in the afternoon (that is, if any of us in the Ingleside ever see the sun again). A sheer curtain would be perfect. If Ficuses aren't getting enough light, they drop leaves like crazy. Bright fog is ok... that counts as gentle light.

-Extra humidity is appreciated. Inhabitants of the western half of San Francisco, rejoice! This plant will love your fog-stained windows. 

- Water when the pot is about half way dry.  Not sure when that is? Buy yourself a moisture meter and take the guess work out of it. Water when the meter reads 3-4.

-Fertilize with a Nitrogen heavy 3-1-2 fertilizer or sprinkle earth worm castings on top of the plant for extra credit.