Growing Figs Indoors: How To Keep Them Alive?
The following are some tips for keeping ficus trees alive indoors. If you have any other questions or suggestions please leave them in the comments section below!
1) Make sure your house is well ventilated.
You will need to provide lots of light to keep these plants happy and healthy.
2) Do not over water.
Too much water can cause root rot and death. Water only enough to keep the soil moist but do not let it become soggy.
3) Mulch around the base of your tree with straw, leaves, grass clippings, etc…to prevent roots from growing into the mulch causing them to rot quickly.
(If you don’t have access to mulch then use newspaper.
4) Feeding your plant regularly is very important.
Give it a regular feeding every 2 weeks or so. Regular feedings will help keep the soil moist and protect the roots from drying out.
5) Use a fertilizer made specifically for ficus trees.
These fertilizers contain extra nutrients that will help keep your tree healthy and vigorous. Check with your local nursery for specific recommendations on which type of fertilizer to buy.
6) If you live in an area that has freezing temperatures then you will need to move your tree indoors or bring it in for the winter.
Potted plants can be easily brought inside and will do well in a sunny window. Balled and burlapped trees will need to be dug up and stored properly over the winter. (Please see additional information below for proper storage methods).
What is an asparagus fern?
Asparagus ferns are easy to grow and make great additions to any household. There are two types of asparagus ferns: The bushy and the feather. The bushy type has short stems with little branches coming out of it, kind of like a bonsai tree. The feather type has long thin leaves that all come out of one stalk. (Most people think the feather type looks more tropical). Some people say that the feather type is easier to grow. Both types of asparagus ferns are very easy to grow and thrive in wet soil.
Are there different types of indoor ferns?
Yes, there are several types of ferns but most people tend to keep the same few kinds in their homes over and over again.
The first and by far the most common is the maidenhair fern. It gets it’s name from the fact that it’s tiny fronds (leaves) look like a maid’s hair back in the olden days when all women wore their hair in a bun. These ferns are the ones you see in all those pictures hanging in grandmother’s house. They do very well in regular soil and don’t need special care. They are also fairly easy to grow, although some people have reported spider mite problems, which are tiny and nearly invisible spiders that like to eat plant leaves.
If you do have spider mite problems the best way to get rid of them is to buy some mint spray. It’s readily available at most garden stores and is used as an organic way to get rid of these awful creatures.
Sensitive ferns are another common choice.
Sources & references used in this article:
Ferns to know and grow. by FG Foster – 1993 – cabdirect.org
Effects of irradiance on growth, net photosynthesis and indoor performance of the shade-adapted plant, maidenhair fern by DM Yeh, HM Wang – The Journal of Horticultural Science and …, 2000 – Taylor & Francis
Removal of indoor carbon dioxide and formaldehyde using green walls by bird nest fern by YM Su, CH Lin – The Horticulture Journal, 2015 – jstage.jst.go.jp
Growing indoor plants with success by SV Pennisi – 2009 – athenaeum.libs.uga.edu
Growing ferns by PA Thomas, MP Garber – 2009 – esploro.libs.uga.edu