Ficus Benghalensis

MYBG-FIBE


Type: Plants

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Indian Banyan

Family

Moraceae

Origin

Indian Subcontinent

Description  

It is a big tree distributed all over India in the temperate climate, growing to a height of 15-20 meters and wide in radius. Aerial roots are found hanging from the tree which, on touching the ground, gives support to the branches. The tree bark is thick, whitish colored. The leaves are thick, oval, 4-6 inches long. The fruits are red, round, about 0.5 to 0.75 inch in diameter and spongy. The flowers are not visible in the tree. The male and female flowers are enclosed in an axillary, sessile, depressed red fruits. New tender buds are seen in the summer season along with the fruits.

Environment

Average, these trees have high moisture needs; however, established trees are drought tolerant. They enjoy sun to partial shade as well. Banyan trees are easily damaged by frost and are, therefore, best grown in warmer. Growing a banyan tree requires a lot of space, as mature trees become quite large. Although the banyan tree is better somewhat pot bound, it’s a good idea to repot this plant at least every two to three years. As a houseplant, banyan trees prefer well-drained but moderately moist soil. The soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings. Provide the banyan tree with moderately bright light and maintain indoor temperatures around 21 C during summer and at least 10-18 C throughout winter.

 Landscape Use

Grown in gardens , landscaping, grassland,  elsewhere and  indoors as a houseplant.


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