He’s a thirsty boy who likes his soil moist but not soggy. Check him weekly and water if the top inch of soil is dry.
He’s happiest in a place that gets a lot of light throughout the day, but ideally not direct sun (it burns his leaves).
Keep his leaves fresh by giving him a good squirt with a mister once or twice a week.
With leaves so huge, he can pick up a bit of dust. Give him a gentle wipe every so often to keep him clean.
Ficus auriculata ‘Everest’
Roxburgh fig; Elephant ear fig; Giant Indian fig
Nursery pot size
About Elephant ear fig
You’ll find elephant ear fig trees growing all over Asia. Yes, we say trees because in the wild this one gets big. It would not be unusual to see a tree reach 10-metres tall (it won’t get close to that indoors, don’t panic). Its leaves are similarly massive, sometimes growing as large as 50cm in diameter. They’re the largest leaves of any fig tree.
Don’t expect an indoor Elephant ear fig to fruit, but in the wild it would be heaving with edible figs. When they ripen, they look a bit like leathery versions of flat peaches. The inside of the fruit has a jelly-ish texture, with an apparently coconut and strawberry flavour.
As an indoor plant, the thing it needs most is space. The leaves are enormous and very impressive and need room to spread out. It does best in bright light (direct sun is ok for this one) and enjoys moist soil. It will love you if you give it a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer. Those big leaves need food to grow.
Did you know?
Wild elephant ear figs are almost exclusively pollinated by a wasp called ceratosolen emarginatus. Also known, appropriately, as the fig wasp.
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