03 August 2008

Green Island fig

Ficus microcarpa
-Green Island fig
Robust tree that does well both indoors and out. Can tolerate low light, but grows more strongly with high light & warmth. Grows extensive banyan roots & has fruits. Ficus are tropical-prefer 55F°+. Never allow Ficus to freeze. Slightly moist soil, But do not let the soil dry out. Fertilize at one-third strength. Prune to maintain the size & shape. When the latex dries, it forms its own natural seal. Be aware that this latex can produce skin rashes on those who are sensitive.

Also a fungus (Schaeropsis) that creates galls on wounded branches, can be transfered from plant to plant when this latex sticks to the shears or fingers. Keep tools and fingers clean and disinfected. However, not all galls are fungus related.



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