ficus elastica

naturluver(8)August 4, 2013

I believe I have a ficus elastica plant ( found growing in yard with one leaf and about 2in tall under a year ago)

I want to move it indoors and put in a much larger pot as some of the fine roots are already on top of the soil. Any suggestion on the size of pot and the type of potting soil?

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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
Certainly could be an "elastica " but i suspect it's what is known as a "strangler fig" they will grow in almost ANY situation. Pot is a great place to grow one as they are terrible yard plants lol VERY INVASIVE!! lol
Might be okay as a house plant should be VERY easy gary

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 2:06AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Ficus benghalensis is a possibility too. :)

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 4:37AM
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tropicbreezent

It somehow doesn't have that look of a F. elastica. There are over something like 600 species, so quite a few to choose from. "Stranglers" probably account for nearly half of them. Another name for them is "Curtain Figs".

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 4:47AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Ficus benghalensis is the closest match to the leaves that I've found so far.

...Been wrong before though. :)

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 5:04AM
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petrushka

just looking at pics - benghalensis has a rounded tip, not pointed.
elastica has just one central pronounced vein, no laterals.
but this does look like ficus.
citrifolia (wild banyan tree, native to fl) seems similar. also some banyans look similar. can it self-seed?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 11:14AM
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petrushka

don't know where in fl you are.
here's a quote on geographic distribution from unmentionable DG site
This is the only other spp. of ficus native to Florida and the U.S. other than Ficus aurea (Strangler Fig or Golden Fig). This spp., Ficus citrifolia, is native to the tropical hammocks and similar habitats with sunlight in southern Florida, in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe (including the Keys) and Collier counties, zones 10a south through 11. It is more restricted in distribution and more southernly than the more hardy, also native, Ficus aurea (Strangler Fig), as Ficus citrifolia (this spp.) is more cold-sensitive than Ficus aurea, and is restricted to far southern Florida and the Keys. The only population of this plant recorded in central Florida is in Hillsborough County, zone 9a/9b.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 11:19AM
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naturluver(8)

Thank you for the help. I looked up the suggestions and each one resembles mine, but not all the way. I don't know about self seed it's a very young plant still--less than a year. I live in NW Florida.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 5:50PM
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petrushka

that's probably too far north for f. citrifolia, so perhaps it's f.aurea. plants.usda.gov lists it as native in the whole state of fl, though other sites say z10-11.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 6:56PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I would chop off the top just above the first branch with more than 3 leaves, then stake that branch to the support as your new leader. If the soil/root mass can't be lifted from the pot intact, it doesn't need repotting. If it can, I would chop off the bottom half of the roots, bare-root, correct potential root problems, and repot into a fast draining, chunky soil based on large particles (like pine bark), and probably situate it in a smaller pot.

Al.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 8:39PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Hi Al!

You wouldn't know what kind this is,would you?

You're something of a ficus grower extraordinaire around these parts...or so I've heard! :)

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 8:53PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Have to say undecided (that's a less painful way of saying I don't know). There are many hundreds of species of Ficus. It very well could be F elastica. The plants selected as houseplants are known to have a broader, stiffer, and more upright leaf habit than the wild form of the plant, which is consistent with what we can see in the pic.

Al

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 9:47PM
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naturluver(8)

I guess I will just leave in a pot outside for now, maybe once it grows larger I will be able to find out what it is for sure. I might plant in in the yard next spring :)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 4:10PM
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