Ficus benjamina

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Ficus benjamina

Post by M Farooq » July 16th, 2013, 5:37 am

Botanical Name Ficus benjamina
Family Moraceae
Local Name in Urdu Ficus
Common Name Ficus, weeping fig, Benjamin's fig, or ficus tree
Life Cycle Ever green
Cultivar Name Variegata is also available with variegated leaves
Fragrant or Not Flower is not visible just a like a fig (injeer) tree. No fragrance
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) Tree
Height > 20 feet
Spacing Can be grown as a hedge or as a solitary plant
Flowering Months Not available, only very mature trees produce "flowers"
Flower Color Green becomes red
Growing Areas Through out Pakistan in warm areas
Frost Tender Yes
Exposure Full sun, will tolerate some shade. If kept indoors with low levels of lights, leaves fall
Soil pH No specific issues
Propagation Air layering
Uses Ornamental foliage
Other Details Ficus belongs to the genus of giant trees like Peepal, and "Bar" and the Mulberry, and rubber plant. All of them can easily become huge trues. Fi-cus, is an ancient Latin name of a fig (injeer). The name benjamina probably refers to the supposed relation of the tree to the source of a resin or benzoin early procured from the East. If Ficus is allowed to grow it will continue grow taller and taller. Therefore trimming of this plant is necessary. There are couple of pests that attack Ficus, one of them is a leaf miner and other insect is called Ficus thrips which cause the leaf to fold and close. Thus if you see that the leaves are curled, or are not opening, it is time for a pesticide spray. Thrips are a big time nuisance on Ficus. Images by M. Munir

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Re: Ficus benjamina

Post by Farhan Ahmed » July 16th, 2013, 11:43 am

The variegated one is also called Starlight.

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Re: Ficus benjamina

Post by Farhan Ahmed » July 16th, 2013, 10:02 pm

Ficus benjamina are favorite plants for topiaries. Can be clipped nicely to a desired shaped. Will grow bushier if clipped often and hard

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Re: Ficus benjamina

Post by talha.bin.ayub » December 22nd, 2014, 2:27 pm

Kindly share ficus benjamina care tips for LAHORE winter


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