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The Ficus Tree

Updated on May 7, 2011

Ficus Tree

Ficus tree is a very common houseplant that comes in a number of different species. Most of its species are native to Indo-Australian region, some are native to Central and South America while others are endemic to Africa. Lets have a detailed look at this plant, its care, varieties and propagation.

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Care

Water

Most ficus species are a bit drought tolerant, that is they can survive for a while without regular watering. But to keep the plant in a healthy condition, water it regularly and allow the top two inches of soil around the plant to dry before watering it again.

Tip: Brown leaf tips indicate under-watering while yellow tips indicate over-watering. Also, whole leaves turning yellow might indicate over watering and falling leaves under watering. Just check your watering routines while having any of these issues with leaves.

Sun

Most ficus species require good amount of sunlight. However, direct sunlight throughout the day will burn the leaves of many ficus species(especially the younger plants). So to be on the safer side plant them in partial shade areas of your garden. Place it near a window indoors.

Pruning

A newly bought plant will sometimes drop some leaves, that is because the it is adjusting to the new environment and there is no need to worry about it. Prune the near-dead leaves still clinging to the plant. Also prune dry twigs.

Replanting

If you have the plant in pots, replant it every two years in slightly bigger pot than the previous one to ensure proper root growth.


Propagation

You can multiply the number of your ficus trees by more than one methods. As this will save you some money, it is also much more fun to propagate plants(trust me on this one if you haven't propagated any before).

One of the most common ones is stem cutting. Take about 5 nodes long cuttings. Prune all the leaves and branches except 1 to 2 top leaves. You don't need to apply rooting hormone at the base of the cuttings when propagating ficus, however applying it might very slightly increase the rooting chances. Then stick these cuttings into small pots with rich moist soil. Keeping these pots with cuttings in hot and humid conditions increase the chances of the cuttings developing roots and also reduces the time required for root development. Look for the new leaves growth on the stem which might take months.

Interesting Facts about the Ficus Trees

There are about 850 identified species of ficus.

Many ficus species produce edible fruit. Depending on the species, each fruit can contain up to several hundred to several thousand seeds. Its fruit is considered to be one of the first fruits cultivated by humans.

It is an important tree from a religious point of view and have much importance in quite a few religions including Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

The have a long history and are estimated to have been here on earth for 60 to 80 million years.

One of the oldest ficus trees is in Sri Lanka which according to history records was planted back in 288 B.C.

Common Varieties

Here are some of the common varieties of this plant:

  • Ficus Midnight
  • Ficus Indigo (It can thrive in very low light conditions.)
  • Ficus Starlight (It is a new variegated form of durable Green Weeping Fig.)
  • Ficus Monique (It is a very popular new ficus variety with shiny, bright green leaves that have raffled edges. Unlike many other ficus species, it shows good amount of resistance to leaf drop.)
  • Ficus Hispida
  • Ficus retusa (It is considered fastest growing ficus variety)
  • Ficus Pumila (It is also known as the Creeping Ficus, Creeping Fig or sometimes simple called Creeper. They creep up with walls and cover them completely and can easily cover the whole building in a matter of years. Some gardeners suggest to cut the plant to the ground every few years to prevent it from becoming very invasive and growing beyond your control.)
  • Ficus Benjamina (It is commonly known as the Weeping Fig.)
  • Ficus Golden King
  • Ficus Bonsai(They are normally grown indoors and the soil should be allowed to dry between watering.)
  • Ficus elastica (Commonly known as the Rubber Tree.)
  • Ficus Nerifolia
  • Ficus maclellandii (Alii)


Video of a few Ficus Varieties

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    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      HubCrafter, thank you for posting this informative comment about Ficus trees in your area. Thanks again!

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      HubCrafter 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Here in the Sonoran Desert we use several varieties of Ficus in our landscapes.

      Ficus Nitida is a great, wide and tall tree usually reaching forty feet tall. Surprisingly adaptable, Ficus Nitida can be clipped into an oversized topiary or sculpted into a large rounded shape. It's often seen around the Phoenix area (shaped) and mistaken by some...as citrus trees because of the dense growth habit and lush green leaves.

      Hardy to near freezing or below (for short periods) many of the smaller caliper trees died here in Phoenix during an unusual bout of freezing temperatures.

      Landscape designers also use Ficus Benjamina both indoors (in the shopping malls) and outdoors where it may not be quite as hardy as Nitida but with some protection from the sun can grow very happily in our desert climate.

      Rubber Tree Plants (Ficus Elastica) are often seen in the older parts of town. Growing on the shady, northern side of homes, rubber trees make a show of their mauve and glossy green paddle shaped leaves that often shoot up two stories high. That's right. The potted rubber tree at your house can truly get more than twenty feet tall planted outside in the desert!

      Creeping Fig is used as a groundcover or a vine here.

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      MMMoney 

      8 years ago from Where U Can Make More Money

      very useful info thanks

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