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 one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|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! We run down how to care for this rare houseplant…
See also: Fiddle Leaf Fig Care, Ficus Triangularis Variegata, Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation, Variegated Ficus, Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig, Rubber Plant Care, Ficus Religiosa, Ficus Elastica Ruby, Ficus Triangularis.
Ficus Shivereana Light Needs
Medium to bright indirect sun is great to enoucrage growth and the plants variegation.
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.
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. But they will be ok with a bit above and below this.
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.
Where To Buy
Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Ficus elastica shivereana.
Ficus Shivereana Care FAQs and Common Problems
Be careful of overwatering and leaf burn from too much sunlight.