And One to Avoid: Fig Tree (Ficus jacqueline)
The Ficus, or fig tree, is perhaps the most commonly requested houseplant, since it is often seen thriving in malls and office buildings. However, it's really not a good choice for a houseplant. Ficus trees are raised in full Florida sunlight. When brought indoors out of direct sun, their leaves often begin to shrivel and fall, making for a messy floor and an ugly houseplant. The reason they look nice in public buildings is because many businesses use plant services that rotate the plants outdoors at intervals.