Large-leaved Ficus: September Houseplant of the Month

Ficuses are well known for being strong indoor trees with hundreds of little leaves, but it’s also available with large leaves that instantly give the plant a totally different, more rugged silhouette. This green giant is perfect for bringing atmosphere to a room quickly as a statement plant.


Houseplants like ficuses with large leaves improve the air in your home by converting CO2 to oxygen. The large leaves also absorb particulates from the air and store them in their roots where they are broken down and expelled. Furthermore, the green leaves improve the humidity in your home by evaporating moisture very gradually. That makes the Large-leaved Ficus a great plant for celebrating the start of the indoor season.

Ficus is the Latin name for the fig. The large-leaved Ficus is a member of the mulberry family and grows in (sub-)tropical regions, mainly in Asia and Africa, but also in South America and Australia.  

Assortment Ficus
Ficus lyrata is available as an indoor bush and as a standard tree, and has shiny leaves that resemble a violin. The large, eye-catching veins that bring texture to the leaves particularly stand out.

Ficus elastica has smooth dark green leaves with fine veins that are marked like a feather and reach a length of around 25 cm. It grows straight up and therefore does not take up much space despite the large leaves.

Ficus binnendijkii 'Alii' and 'Amstel King' mainly have long leaves that are not wide, but do hang down decoratively. Available as a green pillar and as a standard with a full crown.

Ficus Cyathistipula has dark green shiny leaves, can produce figs from an early age, and is a heavily branched potential indoor giant that climbs upwards along a stake and therefore grows attractively upright.

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