Ficus, A Perfect Christmas Gift

Posted by Tammy Sons on 27th Jan 2016

By Tammy Sons

Ficus, A Perfect Christmas Gift

In these troubled economic times, there appears to be a new shining light.

appearing on the horizon, the family unit and their close interactions with

Friends and distant relatives. There appears to be a pioneer Christmas.

spirit emerging where it is the thought and personal contribution towards

Gift making and giving. In light of this wonderful trend, I would like to

point out some wonderful and thoughtful gifts for Christmas that will still

leave some change in your pocket and be appreciated by those receiving them

gift.

The focus is the key word; they will survive in almost any environment even.

Those created by a 'brown' thumb. There are many species of Ficus which

are tolerant of what most plants would consider rather unfavorable

Conditions. This makes them good houseplants, as they can do well in average

Household humidity and moderate light. Also, a warm temperature and

All-Purpose, evenly moist potting soil is all they need to be happy. These

plants come to us from areas of Asia, Africa, Australia, Central America,

And the Mediterranean region. There is a great diversity of growth and

foliage patterns, from upright, tree-like forms to trailing varieties, from

Tiny leaves to very large ones. Propagate the large varieties by air

layering and the small ones by division.

The Creeping Fig, F. pumila, is a vine that attaches itself to a surface by

"hold-fast" roots like ivy do. The freely branching stems are covered

with small, 1-inch dark green, heart-shaped leaves.

Ficus radicans is another trailer or climber. It has oblong, pointed leaves.

That is 21/ inches long by 1 inch wide. Keep the plant moist but be careful

not to over water it.

The Weeping fig, Ficus benjamina, is seen in many offices, lobbies, and

Malls as well as in homes. This dense tree form has branches with a drooping

Habit. The leaves are oval and leathery,

About 4 inches long and 11/ inches wide, pale green and not persisting long

On the branches. The plant needs a good light and decent humidity to stay good looking. Keep the soil moist at all times, but not soggy. The

plant seldom gets over 10 feet high in cultivation.

The Mistletoe Fig, F. diversifolia, grows as a woody shrub. It has small,

Heart-Shaped leaves. This one is excellent for turning into a bonsai.

Specimen. Also, great for the office party.

The Rubber Plant, F. elastica, is an old-fashioned houseplant. It grows in a

Tree form with large, oblong, glossy dark green leaves. Although it is

considered a tough plant, drafts and sudden changes in temperature can cause

Leaf drop. Water it sparingly at all times, but a humid at- an atmosphere is

Appreciated. In its native habitat it can reach 50 feet high, but don't

worry, in the home, it hardly ever gets above 10 feet.

The Fiddle-leaf Fig, F. lyrata, is a tree type that is very tolerant of home.

Conditions. It has very large, dark green, leathery leaves that are shaped

Like a violin or fiddle. Sudden temperature changes and drafts may cause

leaf drop.

The Chinese Banyon,-. F. retusa is a tree form covered with dense.

Foliage. The leaves are small and leathery, similar to F. benjainina, but

the branches are straighter and have fewer leaves.

Buy plants online at our Garden Nursery.