Ficus Nitida Plant Information and Care
Ficus Nitida plants grow great directly under the full sun and in soil that drains well. Water newly planted ficus regularly, about twice per week until they established. To create a clean formal hedge, use an electric trimmer to shape to the desired height. Spring is the most important time to fertilize ficus plants. Use an all-purpose fertilizer, such as a granular, 15-15-15 NPK plant food. These slow release fertilizers often last for about 2 months. So reapply during the Spring and Summer growing season.
Ficus are best used to create a fast growing hedge. However, if you are concerned about their root system causing damage, there’s another hedging, plant known as Ligustrum Japonica Texanum (Wax Leaf Privet). Ligustrum does not have invasive roots, and maybe more appropriate to grow large near concrete sidewalks and patios.