Ficus Umbellata | Plant Care Guide

Ficus Umbellata

Helloooo new fave plant! With leaves as big as your head, this cousin of the fiddle leaf fig will wow you with its foliage while not breaking our heart by dying cos you looked at her funny.

Difficulty level – medium


Bright indirect light, but she can tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight each day (before 10am). Like a fiddle leaf fig, she doesn’t like to be moved once she’s found her happy place and can start to drop leaves if you move her around too much.


Allow the top of the soil to dry out 3 inches between waters. She likes one big drenching in the shower every couple of weeks rather than small cups of water more often. In the cooler months, you will find you only need to give her about 1 cup once a month and don’t worry about showers. Whatever you do, don’t leave water sitting in the drip tray for more than a day.

Create a bed of pebbles in a tray for it to sit on and make sure to always have water in the tray just below the top of the pebbles (you don’t want the water to be touching the pothole).

Spritz regularly to keep the leaf tips from browning and help with humidity.


Feed with a slow-release fertiliser once every four months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first 4 months).

During the warmer months, she likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch her sprout fresh new leaves.

If she begins to drop leaves, it’s a sign she is not happy Jan, so try moving her to a spot that has more light. If that doesn’t help after a couple of weeks, you could be over or under watering so try and change up your watering routine. That said, it’s normal for the lower leaves to drop as new leaves sprout from the top and for her to develop more of a bare stem and a tree-like or “standard” look.

She’s also a little sensitive to draughts and doesn’t love the cold weather, so try to keep her in a warm spot in the cooler months.