Ficus Nitida Plant Information and Care
Plant ficus nitida under the full sun and in soil that drains well. Water newly planted ficus deeply about twice per week until established. To create a clean formal hedge, use an electric trimmer. Spring is the most important time to fertilize ficus plants. Use an all purpose fertilizers, such as granular plant food with a 15-15-15 NPK ratio. 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 when kept under 10 ft tall or where there is no hardscape or concrete nearby that can be damaged. There is also another commonly planted hedge known as Ligustrum Texana (Wax Leaf Privet). Ligustrum do not have invasive roots, and maybe more appropriate to grow large near concrete sidewalks and patios.