Ficus benjamina cracateristicas
Ficus benjamina cracateristicas 2022
It is an evergreen tree that can eventually reach in cultivation just over 12 meters. Ficus benjamina has several types of roots. Its root in the ground is pivotal when it comes from seed and fasciculate when it comes from cuttings. A separate mention requires its aerial roots that in gardening have no major singularity, but in its habitat are called strangler roots. They are called adventitious roots and these are emitted from its branches that hang down to the ground where they take root. Along the way, they attach to the trunks of other branches and develop around it, creating a hollow trunk (occupied by the trunk of the invaded plant) that will eventually destroy the host trunk.
The care of the Ficus benjamina as an indoor plant has a curiosity to highlight, it is the so-called «New House Syndrome». This consists of an accentuated fall of its leaves once it is placed in the place of decoration.
Why the «New House Syndrome»? The explanation is that the Ficus benjamina has the capacity and facility to renew its leaves to adapt them to the climatic conditions of the moment. To understand this, we must know that Ficus benjamina has been grown under greenhouse conditions with high luminosity and high humidity. At this time, its dense foliage is composed of leaves arranged on the plant and adapted to capture as much light as possible to fulfill its vital functions of respiration, transpiration and chlorophyll function.
Ficus benjamina common name
Ficus benjamina, also commonly called boxwood or Indian laurel in Costa Rica, amate in Mexico, and in South America it is known as rubber benjamina or matapalo. It is a fig tree native to South and Southeast Asia, and South and North Australia. It is the official tree of Bangkok, Thailand.
Longer days, rather high daytime temperatures and moderate nighttime temperatures are favorable conditions for a large and appreciable growth in a short time. Growth that contrasts markedly with the existing vegetation. Its new leaves are softer green, contrasting with the old ones, which are much darker in color. Also more tender than those hardened by the passage of winter cold.
In Colombia, this species is banned for planting in urban areas, due to the great development of its root system that seriously affects sewer pipes, causing clogging and the consequent expense in changing and repairing drainage systems.
During the spring is the right time. If you decide to do it in that period, it will be ideal to start to see the new shoots on the plant, since it coincides with a timely start of vegetative activity.
Ficus benjamina care
This species is native to the Far East and its favorable characteristics make it easily adaptable to most spaces, making it very easy to care for and grow in many countries around the world.
Something very important to highlight about the habitat of Ficus is not so much its surroundings. But the time it is there. It is recommended that it should not be moved too much from its habitat because, in spite of adapting, it loses a lot of vitality in the process.
If the ficus is placed in a place where it receives a lot of light, it means that it will need a lot of water. Of all the parts of the plant, the bud is the one you should be most careful with watering, you can’t let it dehydrate for anything in the world!
If we are talking about winter, the frequency of watering should be reduced. And it is recommended that it is done with warm water, so it takes care of the cold of the season. Some tips you should consider are the following:
In the case of Ficus, it is an indoor plant and care is simple. Locate them away from air conditioners. Also away from open windows or electrical appliances. Excessive heat or strong air currents can cause the plant to lose its leaves.
Ficus pumila is a vine native to China and Japan with dark green heart-shaped leaves; it develops many aerial roots to adhere to the surface to which it sticks; for this reason it can be successfully grown in hanging baskets or used as a groundcover in indoor gardens.
When possible it would be advisable, in winter, to move the plant outdoors, in a place protected from drafts and not in direct sunlight but in a shady spot. Your Ficus will thank you for it.
They are plants that fear drought, so it is advisable to spray the leaves every 20-25 days with slightly lukewarm water. In any case, never use water that is too cold and avoid stagnation in the post-pot to prevent the roots from rotting.
The primary characteristic of the soil must be soft, porous and well drained, with ph=6 and therefore slightly acidic. You can use a peaty soil, of which at least one part out of four is made up of leaf soil.