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Ficus triangularis ‘Variegata’ (Triangle Fig)

Variegated Ficus triangularis, Variegated Triangle Fig

Ficus triangularis Variegata, Variegated Triangle Fig, Triangle Fig,

Ficus triangularis ‘Variegata’ is a visually appealing houseplant that requires moderate care, making it a great addition to indoor spaces for its beauty and air-purifying qualities. It is prized for its triangular-shaped, creamy white and green leaves.

Ficus triangularis ‘Variegata’: An In-depth Look

Native: Ficus triangularis is native to South Africa. It belongs to the mulberry and fig family Moraceae.

Plant Type and Habit: This fig species is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a bushy, upright growth habit. This plant is notable for its unique leaf shape and variegated foliage.

Size: In its natural habitat, Ficus triangularis can grow into a medium-sized tree. However, when grown as an indoor plant, it usually reaches a manageable height of 4 to 8 feet (120-240 cm) with a spread of 2-3 feet (60-90 cm).

Flowers and Fruits: Like most Ficus species, the flowers are not visually prominent and are enclosed in a structure called a syconium. It can produce small figs, but fruiting is rare in indoor conditions.

Foliage: Ficus triangularis ‘Variegata’ boasts eye-catching foliage with unique triangular-shaped leaves. These leaves feature a stunning variegation of creamy white and shades of green, creating a striking visual contrast. This variegation adds a decorative element to any space, making the plant highly valued for its ornamental appeal.

Bark: The bark is smooth and light gray, typical of Ficus species.

Uses: Primarily used as an ornamental plant, it’s popular in interior design and for container gardening.

Hardiness: Best suited for USDA zones 12-13, it prefers warm and humid conditions.

Toxicity: Like many Ficus species, it contains a sap that is toxic to pets and humans when ingested. The sap irritates the mouth and stomach. Contact with its sap can also lead to skin irritation for some individuals.

Invasiveness: Not typically invasive, especially when grown indoors or in non-tropical climates.

Benefits: Adds aesthetic value and can improve indoor air quality.

Triangle Fig Care Indoors

Lighting: Provide bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, but too little light may reduce the variegation. A spot near an east or west-facing window is ideal.

Watering: Water when the top inch of soil becomes dry. Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot. Overwatering can lead to yellowing leaves, while underwatering may cause leaf drop.

Temperature and Humidity: Keep it in a warm environment, ideally between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Avoid exposure to drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations. This plant prefers a humid environment. If your indoor air is dry, consider using a humidifier or placing the pot on a tray with watered pebbles.

Soil and Repotting: Use a well-draining potting mix. A mixture designed for houseplants or one that includes perlite and peat moss works well.

Fertilizing: Fertilize every month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Reduce feeding in the fall and winter months.

Pruning and Cleaning: Prune as needed to shape the plant or remove any dead or damaged foliage. Regular pruning encourages fuller growth.

Propagation: Stem and leaf cuttings are ideal.

Pests and Diseases: Watch out for pests like aphids, spider mites, mealybugs. Treat any infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Requirements

Hardiness 12 - 13
Plant Type Houseplants, Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Moraceae
Genus Ficus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 8'
(120cm - 240cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 12 - 13
Plant Type Houseplants, Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Moraceae
Genus Ficus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 8'
(120cm - 240cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden
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