How to Prune a Ficus

by Alex Kountry
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Ficus trees are a common houseplant, but they can become overgrown and require pruning. Learn how to prune a ficus tree in this blog post.

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Introduction

Ficus trees are a popular type of indoor plant, known for their ability to tolerate low light and their attractive, glossy leaves. Pruning is an important part of keeping your ficus healthy and looking its best. With proper pruning, you can encourage new growth, control the shape of the plant, and remove dead or damaged leaves and branches.

There are a few things to keep in mind when pruning a ficus tree. First, prune in the early spring before new growth begins. Second, always use clean, sharp pruning shears to avoid damaging the plant. And third, be sure to remove any stems that are crossing or rubbing together to prevent damage or disease.

Now that you know the basics, let’s take a closer look at how to prune a ficus tree.

What You’ll Need

-Pruning shears
-Loppers
-Polesaw
-Rubber gloves
-Long-sleeved shirt
-Face mask or respirator

Before you begin pruning your ficus, it’s important to understand that this type of tree can be quite large. You’ll need to have the right tools on hand in order to reach the higher branches. In addition, you should wear protective clothing to avoid getting scratched by the tree’s thorns.

The Pruning Process

Prune your ficus tree in late winter or early spring, before it begins new growth. You can also prune to shape the tree any time of year, but avoid pruning too frequently or you’ll stunt the tree’s growth.

Start by thinning out the branches in the center of the tree to allow light to reach the lower leaves. Cut branches back to a bud or main branch, using pruning shears for branches up to 1/2 inch in diameter. Cut larger branches with a handsaw.

Next, remove any dead, diseased or damaged branches. Cut these back to the nearest healthy bud or branch.

Finally, cut back any long branches to the desired length. Make sure each cut is at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above an outward-facing bud.

After Pruning

After you have pruned your ficus, it is important to give it the appropriate amount of time to heal. This will help the plant to produce new growth more quickly and prevent infection. Depending on the severity of the pruning, it could take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months.

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About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books