Do you want a real tree to grow in your apartment, but you have too little for this place? Or did you decide to equip a winter garden in a country house? Think of Benjamin's Ficus. This graceful small tree with dark or bright green leaves is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful indoor plants and will become a real decoration of your home.
In total, the genus of ficus has more than two thousand species and grows mainly in the tropics and subtropics of Southeast Asia. In Bangkok, for example, this tree is recognized as an official state symbol. There are about 20 species in the culture, but their diversity will not leave indifferent any lover of indoor plants. Ficuses are of different heights and shapes, with leaves of different colors - green, variegated, yellow or with white veins. For example, in a variety Danielle shiny dark green leaves while Monique - curl a little to the edge. Grade Ianne very reminiscent of bonsai due to the strongly curved shoots. In addition, there are even plants with bent or intertwined trunks. You yourself can easily give the desired shape to the young tree by carefully twisting the stems and fixing them together.
Most species of ficuses do not bloom, but their lush crown more than compensates for the lack of buds. In addition, with proper care, the leaves remain until the very base of the trunk.
Place for your pet should choose a bright, but without direct sunlight, moist and warm. And if your choice fell on variegated ficus, then the light and thermal indicators need to be strengthened. From spring to autumn, the plant needs more abundant watering than in winter. But in no case do not allow stagnation of moisture! To do this, before each subsequent watering, make sure that the soil is sufficiently dry. At high temperatures, the ficus should be sprayed with warm water - the tree does not like dry air. If the water in your house is hard, you need to wait for lime sludge or pass it through the filter.
In spring, the plant can be transplanted into a more nutritious soil, which passes moisture well. Large leaves are recommended to wash with water. All these measures will prevent the disease, and even the death of your pet.
If the ficus of benjamin is too large, and your household is forced to pass sideways, do not be afraid to cut the tree and give it a pretty shape.
Girlfriend also wanted ficus? Give her a gift for March 8th. In spring, you can separate the green stalk and root it in a closed, warm chamber.
If the leaves turn yellow and begin to fall, it is possible that the tree is sick. There may be several reasons for this. Examine the place where the ficus is located. Is it in the dark corner of the battery, or, conversely, on the draft itself, or under the scorching sun? Urgently take action. It is better to move it away from the heating systems and moisten the air at least once a day. Drafts are fatal to ficus!
In addition, too dry air and heat attract spider mites and scale insects. How to determine what exactly this misfortune happened to your tree? If the leaves are covered with dark hard plaques, discolored and fall off - this is probably a scale insect. Insects are fixed on almost all parts of the ficus and feed on its juice. Prepare a mild soapy solution and remove the scab with moistened cotton. If the plant is severely affected, treat Actellik in a proportion of 15-20 drops per 1 liter of water.
If a thin whitish cobweb appears under the leaves or between them, then this is a spider mite. It is necessary to increase air humidity and make it a rule to wash the ficus with water at room temperature. Does not help? Then again, the Actellic solution will help out.
Flooded the plant? They can rot the roots. Immediately pour water from the pan and control the amount of watering.
When these simple rules are followed, Benjamin's ficus will delight you with its beauty for a long time and will bring to any corner of your home a piece of nature, which city residents lack so much.
- Alena Subbotina