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Ficus Umbellata
Ficus Umbellata
Ficus Umbellata
Ficus Umbellata

Ficus Umbellata


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Being in the fig (ficus) family, the Umbellata is of African origin but has popularity in Japanese culture as a houseplant.

This newcomer has some similar features to the Fiddle Leaf Fig, with large, heart-shaped leaves and thin stems. So if you’ve tried (or failed) growing a Fiddle, maybe it’s time to move on to the next big Fig

300mm Giant or 200mm

Ficus Umbellata Care

This house plant lands under easy to medium standards to care for. With the right environment, your new ficus will grow like crazy!


With all indoor plants in general, I cannot stress enough the benefits of giving them enough light. If indoors, the Ficus Umbellata prefers bright light. A location close to a window is best, and more growth will be evident when the plant is given more light. This plant can handle some gentle direct light, but make sure to acclimatise them before giving them more than a couple of hours of direct morning light to avoid any browning.

Mine gets a couple of hours of direct sun through a window in the morning, and it is constantly growing new leaves! Do be aware that they start to lean towards the light very quickly. To keep your Umbellata growing straight, make sure you rotate its pot once a week or when watering.


This plant prefers to dry out a little in between waterings. When watering, be sure to water the soil until the excess drains out the bottom. This is better than watering with small sips. When they’re more established they’ll also be able to handle longer periods of dryness.

I have found that my Ficus Umbellata does need more frequent waterings when compared to my Fiddle Leaf! When they’re starting to dry out, you’ll notice a slight droop starting from mid-leaf. My plant can get watered up to twice a week (and loves it!) while my Fiddle Leafs generally get watered every 7-10 days.


Most plants in the ficus family prefer a well-draining soil. This helps prevent issues caused by over-watering too. If repotting, consider using a cactus & succulent mix, or mix a handful of horticultural charcoal and pine bark mulch into the mix. These chunky particles will help the soil to drain. Horticultural charcoal also has a bunch of other benefits, including antibacterial properties.


While this is a fairly adaptable plant, once you’ve found a good position for your Ficus Umbellata it’s best to keep them in the one spot. Like their Fiddle Leaf cousin, this plant doesn’t like to be moved around too much.

These plants are also sensitive to drafts and cold air, so keep them in a warm position (especially in winter), out of the way of air cons and heaters.


A regular liquid fertilizer in the warmer growing months will help keep growth full and the leaves green. I’m using the same formula that my Fiddle Leaf Fig gets, and being in the ficus family they both seem to be loving it!

If you have heating units or air-conditioners, it is best to avoid placing plants underneath or next to them. This is because of the air blowing out from these units can be extremely hot or cold which can leave a healthy plant burnt, damaged and stressed. We recommend the Australian made Munash Organics soil food & foliage spray or The Plant Runner Plant Food or neem oil to keep you plants happy and healthy!

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ALL plants shipped OUTSIDE Tasmania are now sent bare root. Do not fear this is the best way to get them all the way to you in the best possible condition. They come carefully wrapped in damp sphagnum moss to make the journey, you may choose a fab new pot from our range of pots including one of our favourites Aussie made Mr Kitly.

*Disclaimer:  We pack our gorgeous plants for shipment extremely carefully, however we do ask that you keep in mind that once they leave our store, we cannot guarantee how carefully they are handled in transit. We cannot guarantee they have been sung to or talked to by the postmen!

So, if a leaf is a little bent, bruised or maybe a small stem broken off, we cannot control this. If by some chance your plant did not arrive alive, never fear, we have got you covered just email our customer service team spottedquollhobart@gmail.com with a quick we will either replace the plants pronto or refund you.