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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Ficus genus (Fig). These are evergreen or deciduous trees, shrubs and scrambling or root climbers. They are grown for their foliage and for shade, and a few species will also for fruit. They will all bear insignificant clusters of flowers in the spring or summer.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Origin

India

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and for shade.

Cultivation

They are frost hardy to frost tender, min 5-18C. They prefer full light or partial shade with fertile, well- drained soil. You should water the potted specimens moderately, and very little when temperatures are low.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in spring or by leaf-bud, stem-tip cuttings or by air layering in summer.

Figs have an obligate mutualism with Fig wasps. Only the Fig wasp can pollinate Figs and they can only reproduce in Fig flowers.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite and scale insects may be a nuisance.

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