Ficus is considered the genus of different kinds of trees, vines, or shrubs and similar all related to a specific botanical family. They are characterized by small or large leaves and typical fruits, and they are considered part of the evergreen trees of the tropical areas; some species are also present outside of the tropics and they can reach higher elevations as well. It is hard to identify the different kinds when taken in the specific, but as part of a group they can be easy to recognize. This is due to their aerial roots and their particular shape, mostly because their fruits are really different from those from other plants.The Common Fig or Ficus Carica is one of the most common ficus tree that represents its species. It is a small tree of the temperate zones with leaves shaped as fingers, that are well known everywhere, in addition to its typical fruits; the Weeping Fig or Ficus benjamina has thin but strong leaves on stalks that seem to fall off the tree, ... continua
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Ficus is generally an evergreen plant, but some species can drop leaves during the resting period. O
Ficus is part of those evergreen plants coming from either Asia or Africa, but it is widespread all
When we talk about the Ficus, in general, we do not often realize how many species are part of this
, to adapt to the places where it is most common to find it: the rain forest. The Creeping Fig or Ficus Pumila, structured as a vine, has small leaves that form a sort of rag of foliage where they are grown. Ficus Palmata, retusa, lyrata, and many more, are all part of the other almost 800 different kinds of ficus. Many species are nowadays grown as those well known small trees called “bonsai”. Different new kinds of ficus are being created by experts, and they are selected to be used as adaptable indoor or outdoor plants. Curiosity: the flowers of each species of the ficus can be fertilized by only one species of wasp. Ficus, being a tropical plant, will find any well drained soil as the best to flourish in. You should mix at least three kinds of soil to get the proper one. Most plants can grow also in small boxes. They can reach different height dimensions depending on the care you give them. In fact, ficus generally adapts to different ranges of moisture levels. The most important thing is to choose the right environment. Do not overwater the plant but keep the soil soggy. So, between waterings, keep the soil moist, and do not let it dry out . Sub-irrigation would be the ideal way to water it.Ficus’ favorite environment should be with filtered light, but it can survive with interior light unless placed near or opposite to a window covered by curtains, heading south. When Ficus trees drop leaves it does not always mean they are dying, they are probably just going through the foliage process. Keep the plant in places with average humidity, and do not make it overheat during summertime. On the other hand, temperatures that are too low will limit the growth of the plant. Remember: The average, the better.Ficus do not need to be fertilized if they are indoor plants. When you have outdoors trees, try to use a mixture of fertilizers. Be careful with bugs, or the so called aphids, and similar small insects because they are probably the most common aliens that would bother your plant. Clean the leaves with a damp cloth on a regular basis, to remove dust and potential parasites, so your plant will live longer and look better every time you clean it.