Summer Cart Jumper -- Burgundy Ficus - New to Me

pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)August 29, 2010

Hi Folks,

This interesting Ficus elastica Burgundy recently appeared at my local supermarket & insisted on coming home w/ me. For the first month, it's been fine.

Its Burgundy cast was quite strong, it's not so easy to see in these pix:

It's starting to misbehave a bit, drooping lower leaves, I suspect drainage issues.

Interesting what shows up in Supermarkets from time to time: was $9.99 & only one there, & I felt it was waiting for me.

I may need a consultation w/ Uncle Al. It may be time for me to try that famous gritty mix of his for this Ficus, assuming it could work for me indoors.

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Lol - Pretty plant. I grow about 30-40 Ficus covering at least 8 species & they all summer outdoors, over-winter indoors in the gritty mix. All my cacti and succulents, and anything else that could remotely be considered a houseplant is in the gritty mix, + all my bonsai and everything else I'm growing on in a container for bonsai. Thasalotta plants - maybe 250-300?


    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 6:29PM
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It is a very pretty and excellent container grown Ficus.

I can only speak from my personal hot climate growing experience. I have mine outdoors year around and now I am watering daily. Once they start losing the lower leaves then side branches start growing, it does tend to take quite a bit of space.


    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 8:15PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Supannee,

What a long time no see (years). Thanks, even tho' mostly not my growing.

Al, Wow, that's a lot of plants.

This is now at the point where I can lift the whole thing out of the pot, which I recall from your writing is about when it can start to decline.

Lately I had to water too often, I think the rootball is getting a bit too dense inside. Last week, I poked holes into the mix, water way down deep into the holes & then let it soak overnight & it FINALLY got a good drink.

Al, I hope to be in touch soon w/ a couple of questions about your mix. TIA

(PG) Karen

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 10:25PM
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