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How to Look After a Golden King Ficus

Updated February 21, 2017

Golden King ficus trees are a cultivar of the weeping fig, a popular indoor tree. The Golden King has a band of cream or yellow around the edge of each leaf. With proper care an indoor ficus tree can grow strong and healthy for many years. Golden King ficus trees are a visually attractive addition to any indoor garden.

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  1. Place the Golden King ficus in a location where it receives indirect sunlight throughout the day. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves of the ficus and dry it out too quickly, while too little light can promote the growth of fungus on the tree.

  2. Use a grow light to supplement natural light during the winter if necessary. Grow lights provide the spectrum of light required for successful plant growth.

  3. Fertilise the Golden King ficus during its growing season, spring and summer. Excess fertiliser in the planter during the dormant period of the plant can harm its growth.

  4. Add a balanced fertiliser to the soil in the spring and once a month throughout the growing season. Follow all directions on the fertiliser to ensure the plant receives the proper amounts of nutrients.

  5. Clean the leaves of the Golden King ficus once a week to remove dust and hair from the leaves. This helps to prevent the growth of mildew and mould and enables the plant to photosynthesise properly. Dampen a cotton cloth and gently wipe down each leaf.

  6. Prune the tree if necessary. A Golden King ficus with dead, sick or damaged branches needs to be pruned. Cut the branches off at the trunk or a nearby branch. Make an angled cut to limit the amount of damage the tree sustains due to pruning.

  7. Trim branches from the crown of the Golden King ficus if it grows too tall. Removing branches from the top of the tree will allow light to penetrate to lower branches as well.

  8. Water the Golden King ficus regularly. Do not saturate the soil in the planter, as excess water can drown the tree or promote the growth of fungus in the soil. Water the tree daily or weekly, to keep the top 1/2 inch to inch of soil moist.

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Things You'll Need

  • Grow light (optional)
  • Fertiliser
  • Cotton cloth
  • Pruning shears

About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.

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