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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:18 am    Post subject: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

Origin - Description

The most common houseplant, we see it everywhere there are plants, in houses and workplaces as well.

Benjamin is a plant with rich, thin oval-shaped leaves, and tree-like growth. It belongs in the ficus family, and more specifically in Moraceae family. It is a tropical plant in origin, native to Malaysia.

Cultivation

Benjamin is a typical houseplant but in our country, it does very well in pots outside, and reaches impressive growth if its container is large enough, and if you provide for its needs.

If cultivated inside, make sure that the pot has good drainage in order to prevent root rot. You could also plant it in large containers together with other plants.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

There are many variates of these ficus..



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

Care

Benjamin needs plenty of light. So place it at a well-lit spot, but avoid direct sunlight, on your balcony or through windows, especially during summer, because its leaves might get sunburned.

All plants tend to reach for the sun, so in order to avoid a leggy plant, turn the pot by 45o every time you water it. Keep in mind that benjamin is extremely sensitive to every minute change of conditions and the amount of light it gets. So, if you change its position, expect him to complain with yellow dropping leaves and delayed development for at least a few days or until it gets used to the new conditions.

You might notice the same symptoms after changing the pot. Change its pot only when the roots show up on the surface of the soil and try to bother the roots as little as possible during this procedure. However, if the pot or the plant is very large and you cannot move them, remove some of the topsoil and replace it or add some fresh soil on top.

Clean its leaves by spraying with lukewarm water or use a soft cloth or sponge as often as you can, in order to remove dust and facilitate photosynthesis. Use leaves polishing sprays only if necessary because these sprays block the stomata (little holes through which the leaves breathe). Remember that if you keep the leaves clean they are quite shiny anyway.

Water only when the topsoil is dry to the touch. If benjamin is in a pot inside your home, you must increase the moisture of the room during the winter. An easy way, which however does not seem to be adequate, is to place metal containers with water on your radiators and spray its leaves with lukewarm water as often as possible. The best solution is to place the pot on a tray filled with pebbles. You put water inside the tray and as it evaporates, the leaves will absorb the moisture. In this case, make sure that the pot stands on the pebbles and not in water so that the roots do not rot.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:23 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

This is one variatet of Ficus Benjamin



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

Use liquid fertilizers during spring and summer until September or October, approximately every 15 days, or according to the instructions written on the packaging. Benjamin also needs extra iron in order to maintain its vivid green color, so get iron in liquid or tablets form and use it according to the instructions on the packaging. Remember that “more” is not always “best”. If the leaves turn yellow or show yellow spots, this is could mean an iron deficiency. If the symptoms are severe, spray its leaves with liquid iron diluted in lukewarm water, always according to the instructions on the packaging.

In spring, you will see lots of new growth, new leaves and thin, straw-sized branches, but not all of them survive. Prune those thin branches that dry out and remove any yellow leaves, so that the plant can use its energy for the healthy branches.

You will notice a thick white liquid coming out of the cut branches, much like the one we usually notice when we cut field poppies in spring. This liquid might cause a slight itch to certain people so try not to touch it and wash your hands thoroughly after pruning.

If your benjamin is getting taller than you wish, pinch the top growth. As a result, more energy will be channeled to lower branches and you will get a bushier plant.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

Disease

Benjamin plants are generally resistant to pests and disease, but that does not apply to scale insects. You will identify them if you notice on the underside of the leaves or on the branches, tiny flat spots in dark brown, green, white or even gray color.

These spots look so natural on the plant that you might think they are part of the plant itself. There are two ways to make sure: try to remove the spots with your nail or with the round end of a knife; if you can remove the spot you can be certain that it is not part of the plant but a sign of disease. Also, check the leaves for a sticky substance, called honeydew, that these insects usually produce.

Be very careful with scale insects. They can be effectively managed in the beginning but take action immediately because they can spread to neighboring plants in no time and can destroy the affected plant.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

To get rid of scale, do the following:

1. Isolate the affected plant and check neighboring plants thoroughly for symptoms. Especially if you have scheffleras or poinsetias close to the affected plant, check them very carefully as they are prone to scale insects.

2. Take a close look at the plant and remove those leaves that are severely affected. Use a plastic bag to discard of the affected leaves, do not place them in open trash bins inside your home because the disease might spread to other houseplants.

3. Cover the pot with a plastic bag, place the pot in your bathtub and give it a long, intense shower, with lukewarm water. The shower should last for some time so that the leaves will get cleaned well. After turning off the water, let the plant in your bathroom in order to absorb the moisture of the room. A good shower and a room with plenty of moisture is the best gift you can offer to green tropical plants, such as benjamin and scheffleras, and not only when they are “sick”.

4. While the plant dries prepare the “practical recipe” for a scale insecticide. Mix lukewarm water with rubbing (blue) alcohol (3 parts water with 1 part alcohol) and add 2-3 drops of ordinary dishwashing liquid. Mix well and spray the plant, making sure that new growth and the underside of the leaves are thoroughly soaked. Repeat spraying 7-10 days later. If scale insists, repeat spraying 10 days later. Of course, you can always visit a nursery and ask for the suitable insecticide.

Scale insects are quite persistent and often return, so check your benjamin for symptoms often.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 2:46 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

nice info... Smile

I also have one ficus benjamina, it is three years old and I prune it like bonsai plant
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:17 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

Hi kuchlar,

Do you have picture of your benjamin ?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:53 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

Is this ficus benjamin natasha ?

Looks great!
How do you grow this moss in the pot?
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

Hello,
I don't know what the statistics may be--but it's possible that one out of every three homes decorated with a few plants would have one of three of the most common varieties of a Ficus plant there. Chances are, too, that if you talked to the owner of a Ficus plant, he or she would probably know little about its background or even how to care for it.
If you expect to have any chance of saving him he must be kept above 60 degrees and kept in a sunny south, east or west window with the window covering open from dawn to dusk. He is a sun worshipper and will need as much bright direct sun as possible to survive. He should be watered lightly when he is dry, approximately once a week. He should not sit in a drafty location, near a heater or door. You should fertilize it once a month with a water soluable fertilizer such as Miracle Grow.

If you to want to get more information about the respective or any other topic you can visit bonsaioutlet.com site. I have referred the sites to too many friends and they are highly satisfied with the service level of that company.
Thanks...!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

Hi every one !!
need your help !
My Benjamin plant has green shiny leaves but the edges of the leaves are not straight, they all have kind of wavy edges. Please see the attached image of it.
Appreciate your ideas and help in advance.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:30 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

nice pics Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:15 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus Benjamin Reply with quote

marcus
i have answers for u Smile

how to grow moss in the pot?
look so easily Smile


•First, you need to select the proper growing site for your moss. Moss needs a cool, moist, shady area in order to survive.

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Moss artOne way to make a moss garden is to take one cup of plain yogurt and 1 cup of water and a handful of moss and toss it in the blender and make a slurry. Then you can paint the moss slurry on the area where you want to have moss grow. Another mouse making recipe is to mix up 1 quart buttermilk, 1 pint composted manure, and one pint of moss.

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Moss growing on a statueSome people like to grow moss on a pot or statue to give it an old-fashioned mossy look. In order to get the moss to stick you must first use metal brush lightly scratch the surface of your container is creates small cracks where your moss can stick in grow. Paint the slurry on the container or statue and move into a cool shady spot. Keep the moss slurry moist by misting it with your hose. You can even place the newly painted mossy container in a shallow pan filled with water to keep the humidity high. In a few weeks the moss will take hold and you will have a beautiful mossy container or statue.
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