Ornamental Ficus Diseases: Identification and Control in Commercial Greenhouse Operations

Figure 7.  Botrytis blight on Ficus elastica. Note the fluffy spores. Credit: D. J. NormanWhile edible figs are grown agronomically for delicious fruit, many Ficus species have been commercialized for decorative, ornamental purposes. These horticultural Ficus varieties are used for interiorscape houseplant d├ęcor and for outdoor landscape design. This article provides guidelines for the identification and treatment of diseases that may be encountered during the commercial production of ornamental Ficus. This 7-page fact sheet was written by D. J. Norman and Shad Ali, and published by the UF Department of Plant Pathology, August 2013.