The key to ficus shivereana care is to keep it humid but not overwatered, and check it for pests when watering…
Ficus Shivereana Care Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, water if top half of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A well draining potting mix with 10% added perlite.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.|
|Common issues:||Overwatering and leaf burn from too much sun.|
The ficus shivereana is a mottled mojito colored variegated rubber plant. It’s as good as it’s sounds! I have a lot of these plants, some in my home and some that I propagate for sale, they are a great looking plant, you just need to be patient with their slow growth rate. Here I run down how to care for this rare houseplant.
Tip: we recommend Etsy for buying plants. Look for the best rated seller you can, and try to buy as close to your home as possible so the plant does not travel too far.
Ficus Shivereana Light Needs
Medium to bright indirect sun is great to encourage growth and the plants variegation. They can be really slow growing, do not worry too much if you don’t see rapid growth.
How Often to Water
Let the soil mostly dry out before watering it again. Check it once a week and only water it if the top half of the soil or more is dry. By checking it weekly but only water it if it needs it you will ensure you do not over or underwater it.
Tip: you can tell if the plant needs watering by felling the leaves, when the plant is well watered the laves will be more difficult to bend or curl up as they are full with water. When the plant needs water the leaves will be thinner and you will be able to curl up the leaves like a taco, they may even be little wrinkled.
Ficus like this will be fine without any feed, but they will grow quicker if you do fertilize them. Use a balanced plant feed once a month in spring and summer.
A well draining commercial compost with 10% added perlite will be fine. You want the added drainage to avoid root rot.
When To Repot
Repot the plant yearly in spring, this way you’ll give it more space just when it needs it at the start of the growing season.
50% humidity is ideal, but these are relatively tough plants and will do well in less. If your plant is in a dry part of your home you can up the huiidty with a humidifer to get the best out of it.
15ºC-25ºC (59ºF-77ºF) is the ideal range during the day. But they will be ok with a bit above and below this. Try to keep them above 10°C (50°F).
How To Propagate Ficus Shivereana
The best way to propagate this plant is in sphagnum moss. You get the moistness of soil with much less chance of root of rot because it’s more sterile. You also get more oxygen to the roots and if you keep it in a clear container you can actually see the root growth. I would let the cutting callous over for a couple of hours and then put it in a cup of moist moss, then put that in a box or plastic bag for humidity and put that in bright indirect sunlight. Keep changing the air every couple of days and keep the moss moist and you should get a successfully rooted cutting that can then be potted up in soil.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
It is toxic to cats and dog if eaten. Contact a vet if you pet eats any.
Ficus Shivereana Vs Moonshine
They are different names for the same plant. Often the moon shine refers to a brighter variegation, but this may not be due to a new cultivar, but can be due to growing it under a grow light to bring out the variegation.
Where To Buy
Ficus elastica shivereana.
Ficus Shivereana Care FAQs and Common Problems
In general, be careful of overwatering and leaf burn from too much sunlight.
They grow in the wild in South East Asia.