Ficus lutea (Giant-leaved fig) is an ornamental plant that requires full sun most of the day to maintain its vibrant foliage color and for good development. It can be grown in semi-shade, but full sun is best for ideal growth and strong ornamental features. Plants require moderate watering, preferably with a drip irrigation system. During hot weather, it is best to water in the morning or evening to avoid stressing the plant. This plant is quite drought tolerant, but sufficient water is necessary to maintain growth especially in dry conditions.
Ficus lutea is a salt-tolerant plant which is suitable for seaside plantings, but also makes a great container plant and can be grown in colder regions in a pot. The roots should be protected from cold winds and cold soils. A heavy mulch that covers the entire root zone should be used to allow the root system to access plenty of moisture and avoid freezing in the soil. It is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. With proper care, Ficus lutea may become a landmark tree with character, beauty, and in some parts of the world, a spiritual significance.