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Types of Houseplants

Weeping fig, Indian rubber tree, Fiddle-leaved fig, Indian laurel

These plants are all adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. While they grow best in a warm, moist environment, they do fairly well under normal household conditions of temperature and humidity.

Weeping Fig Fiddle-leaved Fig Rubber tree


Plant in regular potting soil and keep the soil minimally moist at all times. Best in bright, indirect light, diffused sun, warm temperatures, and medium humidity.

Special Requirements

When grown in pots, these plants tend to develop a single stem. The leaves drop if the plant is chilled or if it is moved from one place to another. Ficus like their roots crowded in a small pot. Wipe leaves with a wet cloth at frequent intervals.