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Encouraging Ficus Benjamina to grow vines?

Posted by LeaveIt none (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 30, 12 at 17:31

I purchased an F. 'Benjamina' today that had nice vines growing from the branches.
The thing is, I've never seen any ficus younger than 20 years doing this before and I don't know how to promote it to shoot down more vines. Does anyone know?


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RE: Encouraging Ficus Benjamina to grow vines?

in my observations,
Humidity (in general) will promote aerial rooting,,,
i once enclosed the bottom 1/2 of my f.retusa (pot & plant) in a large ziplock bag (partially sealed), and it encouraged aerial rooting,,

another 'trick' bosai-ists utilize is to insert (the already started root) into a plastic drinking straw, 'aiming' it towards the soil-line where you want it to grow.

you could try hanging moss from the branches, and spritz it frequently,,
or pending the plants overall size, enclose the whole plant in an large clear jar, (pretzel, cheeto's, jug, whatever,,), or aquarium, maybe,,?

..but be mindful of rot, mold, fungus etc in in overly constant humid atmosphere. :)


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RE: Encouraging Ficus Benjamina to grow vines?

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 30, 12 at 18:38

.... agree that high humidity and good vitality are the keys to adventitious root growth. If your plant is small enough, you can put it in a 10 gallon aquarium (or a plastic storage container) with a glass or Plexiglas cover that allows some air circulation around it, and a 24" 2-bulb fluorescent fixture (cool white bulbs) on top of the glass & a propagation mat under the container. Keep a small pan of water inside the aquarium with the plant. The warmth, bright light, and high humidity will pay off in the form of plenty of growth, including adventitious roots.

Al


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