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Ficus Shivereana Care — #1 Best Guide

Ficus Shivereana is a statement potted plant that can be placed in any space but is usually best if kept near a window.

It has lime green leaves with spots on them that add a fresh look to the plant and the space where it is placed.

It is usually considered an indoor plant that requires frequent watering.

 

Ficus Shivereana Care

Ficus Shivereana grows best in moderate to warm temperatures ranging from 59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (15-25 degrees Celsius) and needs well-drained soil with liquid fertilizers (occasionally). They need bright, indirect sunlight evenly distributed to the whole plant and a humidity of 50% or more.

 

Ficus Shivereana Care

Ficus Shivereana Care

 

 

Ficus Shivereana

 
Ficus Shivereana is very rare to find because it is a hybrid form of ‘Ficus Elastica.’ It is a rubber plant with thick, fleshy leaves.

It requires some time to settle in a new location, so it is best to not overcrowd it immediately after getting it.

The plant needs proper care and abundant watering and sunlight to thrive. Negligence towards the plant can reduce the quality and vibrance of its leaves.

It has thick stems and grows up to 2 meters indoors if given optimal growing conditions.

The fresh color of the plant increases the beauty or aesthetics of any space it is placed in and gives an overall new look to the room.

It can also be planted outdoors, but certain environmental conditions should be monitored to ensure its well-being.

The roots of the plant have the ability to overgrow, so it is best to confine them to a pot.

All the care guidelines for this beautiful, rare houseplant are listed below so you can grow a beautiful and fresh Ficus Shivereana.

 

Ficus Shivereana Care Guide

 

Soil

The soil used for planting Ficus Shivereana should be moist but not too wet. It should be well-drained and fertile to ensure proper growth.

It should be kept in mind that the soil should have enough nutrients, and the plant should be transferred to a different pot when the nutrients fall short.

Loam soil is considered best for Ficus Shivereana due to its high organic content.

The pH of the soil should be maintained between 6.0 and 6.5. more acidic pH leads to reduced growth of the plant.

 

Water

Ficus Shivereana thrives on water, and it is essential to provide it with just the right amount of water.

Overwatering or underwatering can damage the plant. Hence, it should be watered according to the weather or soil conditions.

For example, if the plant is not receiving direct sunlight due to cold weather, it needs 0.8 – 0.9 cups of water every 9 days in a 5.0” sized pot.

Watering should be reduced in the winter and kept moist during the summer.

It is ideal to allow its soil to completely dry out before carrying on with another watering session.

 

Light

Sunlight directly affects the color and quality of the leaves of Ficus Shivereana.

The plant needs bright sunlight to thrive. Although it can tolerate low lighting conditions, deficiency of optimal sunlight can cause the leaves to fall and discoloration.

Ficus Shivereana needs bright sunlight for it to thrive

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Hence, it is ideal to place it near a south-facing window to ensure maximum sunlight throughout the day.

 

Temperature

The ideal temperature is between 15°C-25°C (59°F-77°F). It mostly thrives between cool to warm temperatures.

The plant can tolerate minor fluctuations in temperature, but it is best to place it according to the temperature in your location.

In winter, a temperature of 16°C-18°C (60.8°F – 64.4°F) must be maintained.

 

Humidity

The ideal humidity for Ficus Shivereana is around 50%, but it can also tolerate lesser humidity.

In extreme conditions, I would suggest a humidifier to avoid damage to the plant.

Using a humidifier helps keep the humidity at 50% level without damaging your Ficus Shivereana

Using a humidifier helps keep the humidity at 50% level without damaging your Ficus Shivereana

 

Fertilizer

The best fertilizers for Ficus Shivereana are liquid fertilizers.

The plant can do well without any fertilizer, but using mild fertilizers can help enhance its growth.

Usually, the potting soil has enough nutrients for the plant to grow, but when the nutrients have been reduced, the plant has grown enough that it needs to be transferred to a larger pot.

The use of organic fertilizer is recommended every 2 -3 weeks during the summer and spring seasons.

Recommended products are Perlite and Vermiculite, which are easily available on eBay.

You can add perlite and vermiculite to your Ficus Shivereana's soil to enhance its nutrient content

You can add perlite and vermiculite to your Ficus Shivereana’s soil to enhance its nutrient content

Balanced fertilizers should be used, but if you are repotting every year, the plant will do fine without any fertilizers.

 

Repotting

Ficus Shivereana is repotted yearly, usually in Spring, because it is the start of its growing seasons and needs fresh nutrients.

You should repot your Ficus Shivereana yearly in the Spring season as it's the start of its growing season

You should repot your Ficus Shivereana yearly in the Spring season as it’s the start of its growing season

The steps for repotting are as follows.

  • The pot to be used must have holes for drainage.
  • For extra drainage, fill the pot’s base with expanded clay pebbles. They also help protect the roots from excess water.
  • A mixture of Vermiculite, Perlite, and compost should be filled in the rest of the pot.
  • Make sure that the soil is not compressed and there is room for oxygen because the roots need oxygen to grow.
  • Avoid water-logging by letting the soil dry out completely.

 

Pruning

Pruning is usually done when the plant has grown to its full potential. You can trim the leaves to refine or shape them depending on what environment it grows in.

It is ideal to prune your Ficus Shivereana during Spring or summer, which is their growing season.

But keep in mind that too much pruning can affect their growth rate. Hence it should be avoided.

 

Propagation

The propagation of Ficus Shivereana can be difficult if not done properly. It may take a few tries before your goal can be achieved.

Take the following steps for the propagation of Ficus Shivereana.

  • It is best to plant it with Sphagnum Moss because it helps provide moisture to the soil and oxygen to the roots. It leads to decreased possibility of root rot.
Plant your Ficus Shivereana with Sphagnum Moss to provide moisture to its soil and oxygenation to its roots

Plant your Ficus Shivereana with Sphagnum Moss to provide moisture to its soil and oxygenation to its roots

  • A transparent container is preferred so you can see how much the root has grown over time.
  • A cutting of Ficus Shivereana should be dried first and then placed in the moist sphagnum moss.
  • The potting soil should contain a rooting hormone to help assist in root growth.
  • It should be placed in a plastic bag afterward to increase humidity and placed in indirect sunlight.
  • The temperature should be maintained at 21 – 24°C for optimal results.

 

Blooms

Ficus Shivereana rarely flowers indoors.

 

Growth

Ficus Shivereana has the ability to grow up to 2 meters indoors.

However, if planted outdoors, the plant can reach up to 20 meters with long roots that need to be potted to avoid invasion by other plants.

On average, the plant grows approximately 24 inches per season. Under ideal conditions, the plant reaches 200 cm in height and 40 cm in width.

The leaf size depends on the amount of lighting provided to the plant. If there is a sunlight deficiency, the leaves are smaller than the plant grown in full sunlight.

It is ideal to rotate the plant every few weeks to ensure that the whole plant is receiving an equal amount of the sun. This helps build an even shape of the plant.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Common Problems for Ficus Shivereana

 

Overwatering

People make a common mistake of overwatering, especially in cold climates where frequent water is not required.

Although the plant needs water, you should let the soil dry before watering it.

Overwatering leads to discoloration in the leaves.

Usually, the oldest and biggest foliage at the plant base starts to turn yellow or brown. This is a sign of overwatering.

Stop watering your Ficus Shivereana and wait for its soil to completely dry out if these symptoms appear.

 

Leaf Burn

It is important for Ficus Shivereana to receive a good amount of sunlight, but extreme and direct sunlight can be harmful.

If not kept under check, too much direct and blazing sunlight can cause leaf burns.

Leaf burns are severe to the extent that the plant can be killed.

Hence, it is recommended to place the plant in indirect or filtered sunlight to avoid leaf burns.

 

Curling Leaves

If the leaves of your Ficus Shivereana are curling, it is an indication that something is not being done properly.

Curling leaves can be due to many reasons, including low humidity, too much sunlight, pests, cold, or negligence in proper watering.

Overwatering is one reason for leaf curling because it causes root rot. Stop the root rot the soonest you can if you want to save your Ficus Shivereana.

It can be due to a container with no drainage holes, soil that is not well-drained or simply too much watering.

Underwatering produces the same results as overwatering. Leaf curling can also happen if the plant is not receiving enough moisture.

As the pressure builds up on the leaves, they begin to curl.

Too much cold or frost is another cause of leaf curling. Ficus Shivereana is a plant for the tropical climate and loves warm conditions.

If the weather is too cold, it causes leaf curling. Hence, you should maintain a proper temperature indoors.

If the plant is placed outdoors, make sure that the weather is frost-free or bring the plant inside in extreme cold.

Ficus Shivereana can not tolerate dry conditions, and a humidifier should be used to avoid lead curling.

There are many indoor and outdoor pests that damage the leaves.

These pests usually suck the juices from the leaves, causing them to curl up. Hence, it is important to use insecticidal soap to treat pests.

 

Dropping Leaves

The leaves of Ficus Shivereana do not grow back in the same spot once they fall. So, leaf falling should be avoided.

Some causes of leaf falling are age, overwatering, and cold.

The age of the leaves cannot be controlled, but if the growth rate of new leaves is faster than the falling, then it should not be a problem.

Overwatering should again be controlled through proper soil that’s well-draining and using a pot with drainage holes.

 

Leaf Spot Disease

Leaf spot disease is an infection caused by parasitic algae, and the leaves show brown, gray, or orange spots on the leaves.

This condition is not fatal for the plant, but it requires attention. The discoloration can be in the center or at the edges of the leaves.

Leaf spot disease, caused by parasitic algae, can lead to discoloration on your Ficus Shivereana's leaves like what happened to this plant

Leaf spot disease, caused by parasitic algae, can lead to discoloration on your Ficus Shivereana’s leaves like what happened to this plant

It causes slowed growth rate of the plant and premature falling leaves.

This condition can be controlled by pruning the dry and affected leaves to let the healthy leaves grow at their vest.

In case of severe infection, fungicides are recommended.

 

Tips for Growing Ficus Shivereana

  • It is important to keep the plant hydrated, but too much water can cause waterlogging, root rot, discoloration, leaf falling, and curling.
  • The plants should be repotted once it has reached maturity. The indications for repotting are roots growing through drainage holes, the plant being too heavy on the top, and the plant growing out of the soil.
  • Liquid fertilizers are important for the root growth of new cuttings.
  • Sunlight should be moderate. Not too high and not too low.
  • Damaged and discolored leaves should be pruned.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Ficus Shivereana Care

 

Why are my Ficus Shivereana leaves small?

Ficus Shivereana leaves need optimal sunlight. Lack of sun can affect the size of the leaves. It is important to place the plant in a place where it receives enough sunlight to grow but not too much, which can cause leaf burn.

 

How to make my plant bushy?

Frequent pruning of the stems and proper sunlight are required to make the plant bushy. Cut above the nodes of the stems to have the best results.

 

When should I repot my Ficus Shivereana?

If the roots are growing through the drainage holes, it shows that you need a bigger pot for the plant. If the weight of the top of the plant is heavy and it keeps falling over, it is another indication to repot. If the need for watering is frequent and the soil is drying out quickly, it means that the roots have grown more than the capacity of the pot.

 

Are drainage holes necessary for the container?

Drainage holes are essential for the plant, otherwise, the water-logging and root rot can cause the plant to die.

 

Why are my Ficus leaves turning yellow?

There are many reasons why the Ficus leaves turn yellow. One of them is age. The older the leaves get, there is the possibility that they might turn yellow or brown and fall off. Other reasons can be soggy soil, overwatering, and inappropriate sunlight.

 

Conclusion On Ficus Shivereana Care

Ficus Shivereana is an extremely rare rubber plant that requires proper plant care to thrive.

It is a beautiful houseplant that you can grow both inside your home and outdoors.

It is known for its fresh green leathery leaves that help increase the visual appeal of any place it is placed in.

Author Bio

Daniel Iseli

Taking care of houseplants and gardening are my greatest passions. I am transforming my apartment into an urban jungle and am growing veggies in my indoor and outdoor garden year-round.