Ficus benjamina is known in landscaping circles by its Latin name Ficus benjamina (pictured by Martijn and kathycsus in its entirety). It is one of the most common indoor potted plants in our country.
It is an evergreen tree (this means that in autumn its leaves do not fall like other deciduous trees, but are preserved on the crown, only periodically there is a fall of some leaves and their replacement with others), which originates from the tropics. Benjamin is a suitable type for interior landscaping for any home. градински ландшафтен ограничител за трева
In its homeland this species reaches 15-20 meters in height, but in interior conditions it reaches the height that the room allows. This makes it very suitable for landscaping your house, villa and even garden (but with harvesting in the winter months).
It forms a rather branched crown with many arcuate branches. The crown of older species can reach quite a large width (up to 2.5-3 meters).
Ficus Benjamina (Ficus Benjamina) Its leaves are about 6 to 12 centimeters long and about 3 to 5 cm wide (in the close-up photo taken by ndrwfgg).
The requirements of this species for light are: intense lighting, even tolerates short-term sunlight in the early morning and late afternoon, which is characteristic of the Centenarian – Agave americana.
In low sunlight, the lower branches shed their leaves (defoliate) because the regenerative buds on these branches do not develop. For the variegated forms it is good to have a lot of light in the interior.
And so its decorative value is violated. The optimal air temperature in the room that you have planned for your ficus benjamina is from 18 to 20 degrees, and in winter it tolerates lower – up to 13-16 degrees. Use mechanically medium soil for your benjamin (this means that the soil should not be too sandy or too clayey to avoid drought and overwetting), it must be rich in nutrients.
Ficus benjamina (Ficus benjamina) This plant needs moderate but regular and proper watering, and you need to spray it periodically (because like any tropical plant, benjamina loves high humidity), especially during the growing season (this is the period of active growth).
Ficus is propagated by green and semi-mature stem cuttings (green are those that are not hardened – the young twigs, and semi-mature are those twigs that have begun to harden but are not completely hardened, but only partially). The temperature you need to maintain for normal rooting to take place is about 22-25 degrees.