A structural show-stopper of a plant. Bountiful paddle-shaped variegated leaves with vibrant pale green veins, contrasted against the emerald green and yellow of the leaf.
Growing pot size: 10cm
- Native to Southeast Asia, the Yellow Gem Ficus is a relative of the well-loved Fiddle Leaf Fig plant.
- Not so fussy! The Yellow Gem Ficus will withstand changes in temperature and light, making it a great houseplant.
- Yellow Gems love indirect, bright light. Perfect for a stand-alone plant to add decoration to the corner of a room.
- Also commonly known as a ‘council tree’.
- Toxic. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Growing Pot Size: 10cm
Key Benefits: Air-purifying!
Yellow Gem plants remove airborne toxins released by everyday items, such as carpets and paint!
Ficus altissima: A calming presence
In the Middle East, Ficus trees are believed to symbolise peace and abundance.
How To Care For Your Yellow Gem Ficus
- Yellow Gem likes bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight as this will likely cause scorching of its beautiful leaves.
- Keep the soil consistently moist during the summer. Allow the top 5cm of the soil to dry before watering. Keep a consistent watering routine - never let the plant completely dry out.
- The Yellow Gem Ficus comes from a tropical climate and it loves humidity. You will see the healthiest growth if you provide the plant with a regular misting on the leaves.
- Want more Yellow Gems? Propagate through stem cuttings!
- Repotting can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 5cm larger in diameter than the original pot.
Is the Yellow Gem Ficus for me?
This plant is easy to care for and makes a great choice for the newbie plant parent! It’s not going to wither if you go away for the week, so you can relax and enjoy its beauty and calming presence. With the right environment, this fantastic plant can grow up to 90cm tall, making it a statement piece in any room with its bright, glossy leaves adding vitality and colour.
Yellow Gem Ficus - Common Problems and Questions
Why does the variegation of the leaves seem to be fading?
A dulling of leaf variegation will occur when the plant is not receiving enough light. If you notice this happening to your plant, move it to another spot in your home where it can absorb more bright, indirect sunlight.
Why is the new growth turning soft and brown?
This is a symptom of overwatering. It may also be accompanied by leaf drop. Although this plant likes regular watering, there’s a careful balance to be made. Ensure that the soil is not soggy and wet, and let it dry before re-watering. Always use your finger to test the soil before watering. In the winter, the watering requirement will reduce as the plant is not in active growth.
What’s the best soil for my Yellow Gem Ficus?
Generally, this plant isn’t overly picky about its soil. However, you do want to ensure that the soil isn’t too heavy. A general houseplant soil mix will work well. You just want a mix that is well-draining and well-aerated.