Ficus Microcarpa


(13 Reviews)

Ficus Microcarpa aka Ficus Moclame aka Ficus Daniella- No matter what you call it, this is another great Ficus plant and, if you get one, it’s sure to make your Fiddle-Leaf-Fig-owning friends a little green with envy. Like its brother, the Ficus lyrata, this Ficus plant needs lots of light too – so plan on putting it in an east-, west-, or south-facing window.  It’s also great on a patio, porch, or lanai that gets a good shot of sun and many customers in northern climates use it outside in the warmth of the spring, summer, and fall.

Plant Details

Size 3-4', 4-5', 5-6+'
Difficulty Moderate Care Level
Light Bright Indirect Light
Pet Friendly This plant may be toxic to pets

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With lots of light, and an occasional rotation, it’ll drink a good bit of water too, so we recommend our PlantAssure sub-irrigation system with the Ficus microcarpa.  With good light and the right watering regimen, it’s sure to keep going and growing for you. The Ficus microcarpa is another gem from the Ficus family – Moraceae.   Give it good light, the right amount of water and a “twist” and it’s sure to bring plenty of plant pleasure:


This plant is a moderate to heavy drinker, and can go for 2+ weeks without watering with the proper sub-irrigation system, but we suggest you check it with a soil probe weekly during the first 6-8 weeks after you get it and during hot summer months.  See our watering guide for more information.


Next to watering, having adequate light is the most significant factor keeping your Ficus happy inside and out.  Your best placement is near a window where the plant can get some sun light – east-, south-, and west-facing windows are best.  It can also thrive in a room with strong ambient light.  If you want a good, sustainable indoor plant and don’t have good light, this is not the plant for you – unless you’re up for moving it for frequent trips to better lit areas.  And, if you get it situated near a window, give your Ficus a quarter turn (aka “twist”) once a week – this will help let light penetrate from different angles and minimize the inevitable leaf drop from inside the plant’s canopy.


This Ficus likely will not need to be fed during the first 6 months after it has shipped.  During this time, it will use the residual nutrients from nursery production.  After 12 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants.  If your Ficus is positioned on a porch in the south, it may need supplemental nutrition sooner than 12 months.  Keep an eye on the newer leaves – not the emerging ones; if the new leaves are yellow and the veins prevalent, it is possible it needs some nutrients.  Please refer to our nutrient guide for details.


Well, the Ficus microcarpa has a lot of small leaves but don’t be deterred.  Simply wiping the leaves with a wet cloth usually does the trick.  For spots where something else (besides dust) has landed on your plant, use a mild soapy solution to wet the cloth; then wipe.


Most proud Ficus Moclome owners prefer to keep their plant with a nice, tight canopy in a “ball” form.  This is great if you have enough light to push out good new growth.  In this case, simply prune off branches/stems that are causing non-uniform growth to maintain the shape of the canopy making sure  pruning cuts are made just above any node (aka – right about a where a leaf attaches to a stem).  This will reduce the size of the plant and promote new growth from the point where the cut was made.


Here’s another plus, this plant is not a big target for pests.  Scale, mealy bugs, and mites sometimes jump on, but they’re easily controlled by wiping the infested area with a soapy solution.  It can take several intermittent cleanings to rid the plant of the pests.


Here are a few warning signs that your Ficus is getting ‘the funk’:

  • Leaf drop – If the lower leaves start to droop and then drop, it’s either :
    1. not getting enough light
    2. it’s getting too much water or
    3. (you guessed it), it’s not getting enough water

    Or…if you moved it from one light extreme to another, it could shed leaves.  The most likely issues (#’s 1, 2, and 3) are easily correctable.

  • Brown leaf margins – This is most likely from not enough light and under-watering.
  • Brown spots and mushy leaf spots – This might be from too much water or exposure to cold temperatures.

The best part about any of the above is that they’re easily corrected.  The key, however, is recognizing the signs early and making the adjustment before too much damage occurs.And…Don’t forget the weekly twist to keep your Ficus evenly bathed in sunlight.


It has been reported that the sap from a Ficus plant is poisonous to dogs, cats, and horses.  So, if you have a dog, cat, or horse, don’t let them ingest the sap.  It’s also been reported that the sap can cause allergic reactions for people too.  If you get sap on your skin, wash it off and wipe the area with rubbing alcohol; if it gets in your eyes, flush your eyes with clean water for 15 minutes.  If none of this helps, call a doctor.

Customer Reviews for
Ficus Microcarpa

(13 Reviews)
  1. William Carpenter Verified Buyer

    I received my plant in excellent shape. It’s taken to it’s new home really well. Just a hand full of leaves were lost. I’ll buy more here.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Wonderful! Thanks for letting us know!

  2. Susan Tammany Verified Buyer

    I absolutely adore my new addition to my home! I am beginning to rediscover house plants because of the loss of my cat/companion, I love ficus plants and the local nursery did not have Daniella/Microcarpa. Hence, I found Plantz. The delivery was hasty, and the plant arrived plush and vibrant. I am very happy! My beloved cats name was Danielle, but we called her Dani. ……….side note: just tried to order the soil sleuth, but with the discount coupon, the shipping was more than the product itself. Fixed income, any solution?

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thanks for the nice comments and for letting us know. I’ll reach out to you via email shortly on the soil sleuth as it is a great tool that everyone should have!

  3. Carol M. Verified Buyer

    Hi Steve, I love everything about my experience starting back in February. Sue was and is the most incredible, helpful and thoughtful professional staff member you could have. From our very first email to the day my plant was delivered Sue informed and guided me every step of the way. You are so fortunate to have her.

    My plant arrived in perfect condition and the plant was perfect too. Leafing, healthy and not one leaf that was not perfect. I will be ordering. from you all again. Please use this review on your website. I love and recommend Plantz

    Carol McCarthy

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thanks for the nice comments Carol! We have a great team that takes special care with our packaging and do love our customers! I’ll be waiting for that photo as I’m sure things look much different now outside your windows!

  4. Chris Verified Buyer
  5. Kenneth Verified Buyer

    Kudos to Sue and Steve on helping me with my Plantz purchase! I always had a very green thumb but when I moved from the north to the south all of my plants seemed to die. I decided to give Plantz a try and after a few conversations I placed my order along with accessories. My plant arrived very quickly, was packaged superbly and so far it is doing very well. Fingers crossed but I’m hoping it flourishes and I definately would purchase more.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thanks so much! We feel confident this plant is going to thrive and you now have all the tools to make sure it does!

  6. Sheryl Verified Buyer

    Frank the Ficus arrived in excellent shape. Loved the emailed instructions for care. He has settled in his new home for over a week now and still looks happy and really healthy. Happy parent of a beautiful plant.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thanks for letting us know!

  7. Scott W Miholics Verified Buyer

    Love it!!

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer


  8. Margaret Dice Verified Buyer

    Email on how to care for the plant was excellent and much appreciated

  9. Crystal C. Verified Buyer

    Plant is perfection. My experience with this company was amazing from start to finish. Quick and easy online checkout. Staff went above and beyond when I went to pick up my purchase. This company will be the only company I ever purchase plants from. Can’t wait for my next purchase.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Awesome!! Thank you!

  10. Lynette Johnson Verified Buyer

    This plant looks wonderful in my new home easy to care for thank you again plantz.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      You are very welcome and thank you for being such a wonderful customer!

  11. doyle Verified Buyer
  12. Mike Guild Verified Buyer
  13. Zakia Verified Buyer

    Healthy plant, great support from Sue. The FedEx shipping was not good as the plant was roughed up. Also suggest inclusion of instructions in the package insert.

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