How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Ficus, Fig, Indian laurel, Laurel fig—Ficus spp.*
Family Moraceae (Mulberry family)

Plant Identification

Ficus spp. are evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and vines. They produce small or large mostly inedible figs which are inverted flowers.

*Some species are invasive weeds. Other types of plants may be better choices when planting.

For information on pests and problems on edible fig, refer to figs in the fruit and tree section.

Optimum conditions for growth

The growth requirements for Ficus spp. vary depending upon species. Most require bright, indirect light and do well in rich, moist soil with light fertilizer. Ficus spp. make good houseplants or do well outdoors in containers on patios.

Indian laurel fig trees
Indian laurel fig trees

Leaves and fruit of fig
Leaves and fruit of edible fig

Pests and disorders of Ficus spp.

Invertebrates

Diseases

Environmental disorders

Weeds

Vertebrates


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