Ficus-Racemosa/Fig Tree/Juvvi Chettu
Fig Tree/Juvvi Chettu/Ficus-Racemosa
Fig Tree/Juvvi Chettu/Ficus-Racemosa is an interesting fig in that it grows its figs/syconia on the trunk or from heavy branches. This form of flowering is called cauliflory. Popularly known as the cluster fig tree, Indian fig tree or goolar (gular) fig, this is native to Australia, Malaysia, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. In India, the tree and its fruit are called gular in the north and atti in the south. The fruits are a favorite staple of the common Indian macaque.
Plant Type: All-Season Plant
Product Height: 2 – 3 feet (Including pot)
Age: 18 years
Position: Ficus-Racemosa is a robust tree that does well both indoors and out. Can tolerate low light, but grows more strongly with high light & warmth. Ficus are tropical-prefer 55F°+. Never allow Ficus to freeze. Slightly moist soil, But do not let the soil dry out.
Watering: Water during dry spells, or – better yet – set up a regular watering schedule that allows time for the plant to dry out between watering.
Fertilizing: Fertilizing isn’t a necessity but we recommend you apply a high-quality granular fertilizer in spring, summer, and fall.
Pruning: Prune to maintain shape, it’s best to prune in spring when they produce a milky white sap that you can use to heal the plants’ wounds.
Special training techniques: Ficus Racemosa has the ability to fuse plant parts which touch each other with some pressure. So branches, roots or trunks can fuse together and form appealing structures. You can use this feature, for example, to tie a lot of young plants together and let them fuse to build one strong single trunk. Ficus Racemosa trees also react very well to approach-grafting of branches and roots and to other grafting techniques. If the growing conditions are ideal, even aerial roots taken from one part of the tree can be grafted in a different position. For the faster closing of large wounds young plants, shoots or aerial roots can be grafted across the wound. The grower can work on fig trees with nearly unlimited creativity, which increases the appeal of ficus as a Bonsai plant considerably.
Repotting: Repot the tree for every 2-3 years.
Propagation: Easy to propagate using cuttings during the summer.
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