How to care for a Ficus Triangularis

The Ficus triangularis, or triangle ficus, is an easy-care tropical houseplant with... you guessed it: triangle shaped foliage! These plants aren't nearly as finicky as some of their relatives, but they do require bright light, breaks between watering for their soil to dry, and a stable home base. No moving these guys around!

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  • Little
  • Once every 2 years
  • Bright, indirect light
  • Toxic to humans and pets
  • Once or twice a month during spring/summer

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  • This plant is native to South Africa.
  • The Ficus triangularis is a moderate air purifier!
  • This plant is toxic to humans and pets. People with latex allergies are encouraged to avoid this particular plant due to the presence of latex in the sap.
  • These plants need water once the top 2-3 inches of soil feel dry. They may also lose leaves when they're underwatered. High humidity is needed for the Ficus triangularis to thrive!
  • The triangle ficus enjoys bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight on these amigos, as it will scorch the leaves. Leaf drop can be an indicator of insufficient light.
  • These plants don't need heavy fertilizer, but would benefit from a well-balanced bite to eat once or twice or a month in the growing season.
  • The triangle ficus really doesn't like to be moved! Only repot it when necessary—such as when the roots are bound in the pot. Be sure to only do this in the spring or summer, increase the pot size by 2 inches, and use a pot with drainage.
  • This plant doesn't require heavy pruning, but you can prune off dead leaves and stems.
  • Mealybugs, thrips, aphids, scale, and spider mites may be pests to your triangle ficus. These buggers can be removed with a homemade spray of 2 tablespoons of neem oil and 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap mixed with water. Leaf loss may occur when underwatering, repotting, or relocating your plant. Overwatering will be evident if the leaves turn yellow/brown.

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