How Much Does a Ficus Tree Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 14, 2018

A ficus tree is known to be on the most popular decorative trees grown indoors and can be found in households across America.  These sensitive plants, which are part of the woody fig trees classification, grow in tropical or temperate climates and more than 800 varieties are available.

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How much does a ficus tree cost?

On average a smaller ficus tree will start at around $15 for one in six-inch pot and can cost as much as $100 for a four-foot tree.  The cost will depend on the size and where you purchase it.

For example, a 6-foot silk tree created by Nearly Natural retails for $55 to $80, while a smaller live tree that comes in a tiny pot retails for $12 to $25.

At Lowe’s, a 10.25-gallon Benjamina Ficus retails for close to $70.

Ficus tree overview

A ficus tree, whether grown indoors or outside, will look like the typical tree with a single truck and spreading canopy on top.  While some people may refer to these trees as an Ficus, they are actually known as an weeping fig.  This makes it a member of the Ficus genus of plants, which also includes the rubber trees and fig fruit trees.   Its leaves, regardless of their size and type, will be either a darker green or variegated.  In recent years, however, some nurseries may braid or even twist the trunks to create a different form, according to

What are the extra costs?

Fertilizers are highly recommended to provide the tree with the right nutrients.  Fertilize once per month in the spring and summer months and every other month outside these seasons.  A good fertilizer will cost $5 to $10 at your local retailer.

Tips to know

These trees will often enjoy indirect sunlight, but some varieties, such as the variegated, will only be able to take on the medium light.  If some varieties receive too much sunlight, the leaves may start to fall off the tree.

They will not be able to tolerate lower temperatures less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and for this reason, they must be kept indoors.  Even if kept indoors, keep away from the cooler drafts near doors and windows as this may harm the plant, even though it’s inside.

When growing indoors, always make sure the humidity and temperature around the tree is kept up.  This means occasionally misting the plant and even keeping it on a pebble tray filled with water.  While these plants will enjoy the higher humidity levels, too much water in the roots can still do damage.  To know if the plant is receiving enough water, simply touch the soil near the top.  If it feels dry, then this is an indicator it needs more water.

A tree losing its leaves is often the most common problem found when associated with this tree.  This can be due to underwatering, low humidity levels, too little light or even an extreme change in temperature.

If you see a sap-like substance dripping from the tree, it isn’t sap; it’s actually a honeydew from an invading pest and a sign of infestation.

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