Ficus 'shivereana' (Moonshine)Regular price $29.99 Sale price $25.00 Save $4.99
Appearance: The most distinctive feature of this plant is its foliage. The leaves are broad and round, featuring a unique, silvery-green color that gives it the common name "Moonshine". The leaves are glossy and quite dense, making for a very attractive houseplant.
Light: Ficus 'Shivereana' Moonshine prefers bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, whereas insufficient light can lead to leggy growth and loss of the distinctive leaf coloration.
Water: This plant likes its soil to be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Overwatering can lead to root rot. It's a good practice to let the top inch or so of the soil dry out before watering again.
Soil: A well-draining soil mix is crucial to prevent waterlogging. A mix of general-purpose potting soil with some added perlite for increased drainage works well.
Temperature: Ficus 'Shivereana' Moonshine prefers warm conditions, typical of its tropical origins. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 60-75°F (16-24°C). It doesn't tolerate cold drafts or temperatures below about 50°F (10°C) very well.
Propagation: Propagation is typically done through stem cuttings. You would cut a segment of the stem that includes at least one node, let it air dry for a day or so, and then place it in water or moist soil to root.
Pests and Problems: Common problems include yellowing leaves (usually a sign of overwatering) and brown leaf tips (which can indicate a lack of humidity or underwatering). The plant can occasionally be affected by pests like spider mites, aphids, or mealybugs.
In summary, the Ficus 'Shivereana' Moonshine is a unique and visually striking houseplant due to its distinctive silvery-green leaves. It can be a bit more demanding in care than some other houseplants, particularly in terms of light and water requirements, but its stunning appearance can make it a rewarding addition to any houseplant collection.