How Do You Propagate Ficus Binnendijkii?
Ficus Binnendijkii can be propagated from cutting and seeds. Cuttings can be taken from the branches of the ficus binnendijkii during spring or summer (ficus binnendijkii is best propagated during spring). Take a cutting that has at least 2 nodes and should be 6 inches long.
Remove all leaves on the lower half of the cutting so that you have a clear view at the nodes on top of it. When propagating Ficus Binnendijkii, make sure the cutting is placed in a pot that has well-draining soil and bottom watering it with a spray bottle.
The cutting should have enough water so that the soil is moist, but not wet. The ficus binnendijkii cutting in its new pot should be put in a bright light location. The following are the steps to follow when propagating by;
Stem or leaf cutting
- You will need a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears that are sterile and clean.
- Make sure to wear sterile or clean gloves while handling the cutting and pruning shears.
- To remove the leaves on the cutting, cut the leaves at a 45° angle below a leaf node (leaf scar) to prevent sunlight exposure which causes leaf browning. The nodes are where leaves arise from on a stem of a plant.
- When removing leaves on the lower half of the cutting, make sure to have a clear view of the nodes on top at which you will be placing your propagation material.
- Place the cutting in a pot that has well-draining soil and bottom watering it with a spray bottle. The cutting should have enough water so that the soil is moist, but not wet.
- The ficus binnendijkii cutting in its new pot should be put in a bright light location (but not direct sunlight).
- Stem or leaf cuttings will take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, so be patient and do not discard the cutting just yet.
- Once you see a new leaf growing out of the node, you will know your ficus binnendijkii cutting is ready to be repotted in its own pot.
- When repotting the cutting, be careful not to damage the new leaves.
- Transplanting a ficus binnendijkii cutting during fall or winter months is highly recommended so that the new leaves are not damaged by cold weather.
Seeds for ficus binnendijkii can be germinated during the spring and summer seasons (best done in spring when it is warm outside). The following are the procedures when propagating;
- Choose a pot that is large enough to accommodate the roots when they start to develop.
- Fill the pot with moistened potting soil enriched with perlite or peat moss. Make sure the soil is loose, light and porous.
- Sow two seeds for every one-inch diameter of your seed container, at least ½ inch deep in a row on your moistened soil mix and cover it with 1/8th inch of fine seed covering such as vermiculite or sand to keep the soil moist.
- Your pot should be in a flat sunny location, but not in direct sunlight.
- Keep the soil moist at all times, but not wet to avoid root or stem rot.
- Without disturbing the soil covering, gently move your seed containers to an unheated location at 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months if you are indoors during this time of year.
- If your seedling develops multiple stems, remove the weaker ones and any flowers at the same time.
- When transplanting this seedling into a pot of its own, set it in a warm location out of direct light when night temperatures are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If your plant has grown too big for its current pot, gently remove it from the pot and place it in another one that is one size larger; this should be done during early spring or summer when the weather is warmer.
Can You Eat Ficus Binnendijkii?
Ficus Binnendijkii is edible and can be used to make teas, juices, jams, jellies or broths. The seeds from the ficus binnendijkii are also edible. The ficus binnendijkii root is also edible and can be used as a vegetable or as an herb.
Ficus Binnendijkii has been used in traditional medicine as treatment for stomach problems, intestinal problems, diabetes and cancer. Ficus Binnendijkii is commonly used as an ingredient in herbal teas because of its laxative properties.
The fruit on the Ficus Binnendijkii is also edible and can be eaten when fully ripe. Ficus Binnendijkii fruit is sweet and sour in flavor taste. Ficus Binnendijkii fruit is a good source of vitamin C, folate, and antioxidants.
Why Does A Ficus Binnendijkii Leaf Turn Brown?
A Ficus Binnendijkii leaf turns brown because it is being exposed to sunlight. If your ficus binnendijkii is placed too close to a window or if excess sunlight is coming through the window, the leaves on your ficus binnendijkii will begin to turn brown and fall off.
The leaves on your ficus binnendijkii may also turn brown if there is a lack of nutrients in the soil. If your ficus binnendijkii leaf turns brown in the autumn (fall), this may be due to
The leaf turning brown can be due to problems with its nutrition or water supply. The following are some of the causes of Ficus Binnendijkii to turn brown;
Too much light: If your ficus binnendijkii leaf is being exposed to too much sunlight or if there is a lack of nutrients in the soil, the leaves on your ficus binnendijkii will turn brown.
Inadequate water: If your ficus binnendijkii cuttings or seeds are not getting enough water, they will turn brown and die. You can do a soilless mix for use in propagating, but keep in mind that the roots on the ficus binnendijkii may not have enough moisture which will make them die.
High temperature: If you have a hot and dry place where your ficus binnendijkii is, the leaves will turn brown. Brown ficus binnendijkii leaves during fall: If the temperature of the place where your ficus binnendijkii is cold and there is excess sunlight, you may have a fall color change.
Fungus: Fungus can cause browning of leaves on ficus binnendijkii during fall and winter months. The fungus usually begins on the lower leaf surfaces and moves up until all leaves are affected.
Excess fertilizer: If your ficus binnendijkii is getting too much nutrients, it will grow too fast and the plant nutrients may be depleted. As a result the plant will then stop producing leaves for photosynthesis and instead produce more stems. This will make the leaves turn brown and fall off.
How Do You Repot Ficus Binnendijkii?
You can repot your Ficus Binnendijkii during any season of the year except winter. The best time to repot a ficus binnendijkii is during the summer or spring seasons when temperatures are warm outside.
In the fall or winter months, repotting ficus binnendijkii is usually recommended. The following are some helpful tips with repotting ficus binnendijkii;
- When you start preparing for repotting ficus binnendijkii, make sure to have a large pot that is big enough to accommodate the roots of the plant.
- You should use a pot that has holes in the bottom so that water can drain easily to avoid having plant rot.
- Remove the soil from around the roots and remove the plant from its old pot.
- Make sure your ficus binnendijkii is potted in a mixture of 50% peat moss, 25% perlite and 25% soil mix; this will ensure good drainage and aeration.
- Water your new ficus binnendijkii regularly for the first few weeks. You should make sure that the soil becomes moist but not soaking wet.
- During the summer months, you should keep your ficus binnendijkii in an area with plenty of sunlight and water your plant two to three times a week.
- During the winter months, you should keep your ficus binnendijkii in a place that is safe from cold temperatures, such as a greenhouse or place where it can get lights and water on a regular basis.
- When repotting bonsai ficus, you should make sure to leave about 1″ of soil between the soil surface and the edge of the plant’s root ball to ensure proper drainage around its base.
- You should then add some soil to the top of its root ball, spread out the root ball and press gently for about two hours. Then water your ficus binnendijkii regularly until it has recovered from root exhaustion.
- After this, you can transplant your ficus binnendijkii into a new pot of its own or place it in a container that is one size larger than its current pot; this should be done during the summer or spring months when temperatures are warmer outside.
- After repotting ficus binnendijkii, you should water the plant regularly for a few weeks. This will ensure good drainage, help your ficus binnendijkii recover from root exhaustion and allow the roots to become accustomed to the new potting medium.
- Be sure to feed your ficus binnendijkii regularly with a balanced fertilizer that contains micronutrients; this should be done every two weeks during its growing season which is spring and summer months.
- If you are repotting ficus binnendijkii in a container that is one size larger than its current pot, be sure to keep the soil moist until your new ficus binnendijkii has become accustomed to its new potting medium.
- Be sure to monitor your ficus binnendijkii regularly during the first few weeks after repotting.