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Ficus Benjamina, variegated progress

Posted by smishgibson none (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 9, 13 at 20:05

Hello everyone!

First off, the purpose of this thread is to catalog my experience with a new plants step by step, and how different things affect it. Hopefully with the information all organized, it will better help me to learn from it, learn form others, and in the likely event of me screwing something up :-), for someone else to learn from my mistakes.

After my first try at house plants 3 or 4 years ago, resulting in the brutal death of a ficus elastica and a bromeliad I have been wanting to give the ficus another try.

This past weekend i came across a very very tiny pot with 2 variegated Ficus Benjamina, and i could not resist. I like the smaller leaf better than the elastica anyway I think.

Using what I have learned on here, they are potted in a home made mix, with a screen and wick in the bottom of the pot. Here is what is in the mix:

(all items around 1/8-1/4 inch)
2 part pine bark
2 part lava rock
2 parts spag. peat moss nuggets
1 part peat moss(ground).
A few stray pieces of perlite or charcoal may have escaped my hand sorting.

I had to work with the items I had, as i can't get my hands on everything for the normal gritty mix. These items were obtained by hand sorting particles from a bag of orchid mix i had already. At the very least, this mix drains massively better than straight potting soil. And besides, its current pot is only temporary. For now, i put both plants in 1 pot, until i can mix a batch of real gritty mix, and select the pots I want to use.

My goal is to grow these to around 2-4 feet tall, and keep them as compact as possible.

I have them in a large WNW window, the sun comes in at an angle, so i can keep them out of direct sun, or put them in the direct sun, by moving them 10 inches or so.

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RE: Ficus Benjamina, variegated progress

Picture of the plants.

I thought it was 1 plant with 2 branches. It will serve me to look closer next time. :-)

This post was edited by smishgibson on Mon, Sep 9, 13 at 20:08

RE: Ficus Benjamina, variegated progress

That's so cute! I love to find a tiny versions of plants like that. Anybody can buy an already-tree or full hanging basket, right? If I ever see a rubber tree small enough, I'll get another one.

RE: Ficus Benjamina, variegated progress

I think its time for an update on these two. I got them into gritty mix about 2 or 3 weeks ago, also, each in its own pot, with a larger soil volume. They have grown quite a bit considering the less than optimal conditions. With the change of seasons, i lost all direct light in this windows about 1-2 months ago.

Normally, I loath autumn/winter and hate to see bare trees, however this year there is one perk due to our move to a new home. We have a West-southwest window, normally heavily shaded by 4 maples. Now that we are into autumn and the trees have dropped their leaves, the window enjoys direct sun from around 10 am until sunset! Very exciting, and many plants have taken up there winter home here.

I am hoping that will the repot, and increased sun, that this winter there will be more growth than in the summer/autumn!

RE: Ficus Benjamina, variegated progress

I don't know what's more exciting, those great little trees doing so well, or your great new window? Cheers to both!

RE: Ficus Benjamina, variegated progress

have never understood why people find the ficus so hard to grow?. In florida the main problem is getting them to stop lol.. have 3 dwarf specimens that i grow in pots . One in water one in regular potting soil and one with nothing is just proped up in a tray lol
have never grown them indoors though gary

RE: Ficus Benjamina, variegated progress

Mine grows much faster. I will post a picture. I do have a heated house and the places they live are heated.

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