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Ficus / Benjamina, Nitida
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Ficus / Benjamina, Nitida

Latin Name:

Ficus benjamina variegata

Plant Type:

Shrub, Tree

Description:

A number of named varieties of benjamina have variegated leaves. The white or cream color is strongest in high light situations.

Origin:

Man Made Hybrid

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Will grow for anybody

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the North/South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil barely moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks during the spring and summer with a water soluble fertilizer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to whitefly, mealy bugs, scale and thrips. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Seeds, stem cuttings and air-layering in the spring through summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while. To air-layer a plant, take a sharp knife and cut half way through the stem about a foot down from the top. Put a toothpick in the wound sideways, wrap wet sphagnum moss and a plastic bag around the wound secured by either rubber bands or tape. When roots form, cut off below the roots and plant.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist occasionally with warm water in the summer and clean the leaves with a damp cloth.

Air Purifier:

A good remover of formaldehyde and xylene from the surrounding atmosphere, also removes ammonia.

Is Genus:

No

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