Caring for a Ficus Altissima


Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry or about 50% of the soil volume is dried. Pour enough water in to penetrate the soil until it drains through the hole at the bottom of the pot. Remove any surplus water collected in the saucer. Standing water can rot the roots.


Place your ficus in bright, indirect light, as it doesn't tolerate low light well, and its variegation may fade under such conditions. Ideally, position it near an eastern window or a few feet away from a southern or western window for optimal light exposure.


Ficus plants enjoy a standard, fast-draining soil formulated for houseplants. Opt for a blend containing perlite to enhance drainage and either peat moss or coconut coir to retain moisture. To improve drainage further, consider adding a few handfuls of orchid bark to the typical houseplant mix.

Temperature & Humidity

Your Altissima will do fine in standard household humidity levels, although it appreciates extra moisture provided by a pebble tray or a nearby humidifier.

The Burgundy Rubber Tree prefers temperatures ranging from 60° to 80°F.

Avoid drafty areas.


Fertilize once a month during spring and summer months. Refrain from fertilizing during fall and winter when growth naturally slows down.


Mildy toxic to pets if ingested

Exercise caution when pruning your plant, as it may release a milky latex substance from the cut areas, which can be mildly toxic and irritating. If you come into contact with this sap, wash the affected area with warm water and soap.