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Plant Know-How: Ficus triangularis

Image of Ficus triangularis tree with triangle shaped leaves in white pot against a white brick wall

Less common that its more famous Fiddle Leaf Fig cousin, Ficus triangularis sports more delicate, triangular shaped leaves. Typically grown as a 'column' (rather than a 'standard' where the tree is pruned & trained to have leaves only at the top with a bare trunk), Ficus triangularis' leaves grow all along its flexible and gracefully arching stems. As this Ficus grows, bamboo stakes are usually added to add support and help shape it. One of our favorite Ficuses, we think the growth habit and smaller, but spaced out, leaves of F. triangularis adds more visual interest than many of its common Ficus relatives; while also being slightly easier to care for. 

Closer up shot of one arching branch of a Ficus triangularis, showing the triangle shaped leaves


Light Requirements for Ficus triangularis: this plant needs very bright indirect light (aka filtered light) in order to keep its plentiful leaves. We'd recommend keeping this one within 2 feet of a window that gets bright, filtered light most of the day. Remember that in order for a plant to truly get bright light it needs to be in the path of the light- not around the corner from the window. 

Watering Tips for Ficus triangularis: Allow the top 1/3 to 1/2 of the soil to go dry before watering. Ficus do not tolerate 'wet feet', so be sure to plant in a pot with ample drainage. If you need some help knowing when to water your plant a moisture meter is a helpful tool that can take out some of the guesswork!

The Best Soil for Ficus triangularis: Ficus grow best in a chunky, well-draining soil. Our Folia Favorite Potting Mix is a great choice!

Is Ficus triangularis Pet Safe? Like other Ficus, F. triangularis is not pet safe and can be toxic when consumed by pets. If you're looking for pet friendly plants, check out the Pet Safe category of the Plant Care Compendium

How to style Ficus triangularis: Over time, this Ficus spreads out in fun and sometimes unexpected ways so be sure to choose a spot that gives it a little room to grow. If it gets too wild for you, you can always add some stakes and attach the stems to help guide it into the shape you prefer. 

Did you know? Like all Ficus trees, F. triangularis does not tolerate change well, so try to keep it in a spot where the temperatures don't fluctuate too much, away from drafts or heat/AC vents. Once you find a spot your tree is happy in, keep it there and avoid moving it.