Ficus Benghalensis - Banyan

SKU: MYBG-TREE-FICU-FIBE
filler
Rs.300
Pot Size: 5"

Water Requirement

Daily

Genus

Ficus

Flower Color

N/A

Flowering Season

N/A

Fragrance

Non Fragrant

Size

Large

Maintenance

Medium

Use

Medicinal

Sunlight Requirement

Outdoor Sun

With Pots

Yes

Product Description

The plant usually begins life as an epiphyte, growing in the branch of another tree; as it grows older it sends down aerial roots which, when they reach the ground quickly form roots and become much thicker and more vigorous.

Ficus Benghalensis-Banyan

Family

Moraceae

Origin

India, Pakistan

Description

Ficus Benghalensis is an evergreen tree with a wide, spreading crown; it can grow 20 - 30 meters or more tall. The plant usually begins life as an epiphyte, growing in the branch of another tree; as it grows older it sends down aerial roots which, when they reach the ground quickly form roots and become much thicker and more vigorous. They supply nutrients to the fig, allowing it to grow faster than the host tree. The aerial roots gradually encircle the host tree, preventing its main trunk from expanding, whilst at the same time the foliage smothers the foliage of the host. Eventually, the host dies, leaving the fig to carry on growing without competition. It can become a very large, spreading tree in time, with some specimens several hundred meters across and producing aerial roots from the spreading branches that eventually become new trunks and allow the crown to spread even further.

Environment

Ficus Benghalensis should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or ph. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Landscape Uses

Traditions and beliefs, Production of shellac and for Medicinal usage.

An area with bright indirect sunlight is the best place to keep a Ficus plant. They do not like constant changes in temperature hence do not like to be moved around too much.

Use a well draining soil to pot the ficus. You can alternatively also use a combination of coco peat, perlite and compost. Over watering is as detrimental as under watering for ficus. Make sure you pour just enough water into the pot to seep through the drainage holes. Best way to measure it are the leaves. If the leaves fold easily, you make have over watered it. If the leaves are crinkly you may have under watered it.

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