April 12, 2022
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Ficus deltoidea, commonly known as mistletoe fig. This plant is native to Southeast Asia and belongs to the Moraceae family. Interesting to know, this fig will grow in unusual places – in cracks, on stones, and on other plants! How cool is that? When grown indoors, this Ficus will grow to about 3 feet tall. Its dark green, thick leaves are triangular in shape. The undersides of the leaves are yellow-green and have triangular black glands called hydathodes. These appear white on the topsides of the leaves and are a type of modified pore. Ficus deltoidea will produce what are considered false fruits throughout the year. These white berries that will pop up all over your plant, but aren’t edible.
Let’s talk about care. Ficus deltoidea love bright light. Too much direct light could lead to leaf scorch, however. Use a well-draining potting mix when transplanting. We recommend using the Sol Soils Houseplant Mix for this plant. This chunky mix has great ingredients such as coconut husks, pine bark, and compost. Good drainage and aeration in your soil will keep your plant from sitting in soggy soil. Allow the soil to dry between watering. During the growing season, you will need to water more often. Some common pests to look out for include mealy bugs, spider mites, and scale. Having a bottle of Bonide’s Eight Insect Controlon hand is not a bad idea.