This large leaved beauty is becoming more and more popular in cultivation for it's spectacular leaves and hardy nature. These guys are native to the lower Congo and surrounding areas of western Africa. In the wild it is found growing as a small to medium sized tree in lowland rainforest, gallery forest and savanna woodland. They are an evergreen fig with large glossy leaves (10-25cm accross) that are oval to elliptic in shape with a prominant midrib and lateral veination which can give them a ruffled appearance. Due to the varied environments they have evolved in these beuties make excellent and extremely adaptable houseplants.
Currently these plants are approximately 30-40cm tall with 10-15cm leaves.
In they wild these beauties can get to over 6 metres tall, in cultivation they will remain happy in a small pot for a number of years. They are likely to reach 2 metres indoors. Once they become potbound it is a good idea to pot them up. Just make sure they have a free draining mix.
Fitting your Ficus umbellata to a pot
These plants are shipped in a 1.5L nursery pot that is wrapped in a calico bag to keep the soil in during transport. They will fit any pot from our Classic Pot Range. Don't worry about the shape, we sort that out for you based on the ceramic you choose!
Water when the top few centimetres of soil in the pot has dried out. Like their cousin the Fiddle Leaf Fig they like to stay evenly moist but they are quite tolerant of drying out from time to time. Reduce watering in the winter months.
They love bright indirect light, but as they have adapted to life in the rainforest understory they can handle a bit more shade. Like most figs they wont tolerate frosts but they are fairly cold tolerant and will handle temperates down to about 5 degrees C and even the occasional drop below this.
Fig Owners Guide
Although it’s unlikely your pets will eat the plant unless you keep their natural pollinator the Fig Wasp as pets, it is mildly toxic to your more curious of furry friends.
- Download Fig Factsheet. (PDF)