Welcome September with large-leaved Ficus

on Tuesday, 20 August 2019. Posted in News

Ficus are well known for being strong indoor trees with hundreds of little leaves, but Ficus is also available with large leaves that instantly give the plant a totally different, more rugged silhouette. This green giant is perfect for bringing atmosphere to a room quickly as a statement plant.

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Houseplants like Ficus with large leaves improve the air in your home by converting CO2 to oxygen. The large leaves also absorb particulates from the air and store
them in their roots where they are broken down and expelled. Furthermore, the green leaves improve the humidity in your home by evaporating moisture very gradually. That makes the large-leaved Ficus a great plant for celebrating the start of the indoor season.

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Origin
Ficus is the Latin name for the fig. Large-leaved Ficus is a member of the mulberry family, and grows in (sub-)tropical regions, mainly in Asia and Africa, but also in South America and Australia.

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What to look for when buying large-leafed Ficus

  • Large-leaved Ficus is offered in various forms: branched, unbranched, single trunk, woven trunk or corkscrew.
  • A bush shape or clump involves several plants in a pot.
  • The number of heads per trunk or trunks per pot, the pruned shape and whether the plant has aerial roots affect the price.
  • All forms of large-leaved ficus must be well-rooted and sufficiently hardened.
  • Large-leaved Ficus must be free of scale insects and mealybug at the time of purchase.

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The Fius assortment
Ficus lyrata is available as an indoor bush and as a standard tree, and has shiny leaves that resemble a violin. The large, eye-catching veins that bring texture to the leaves particularly stand out.
Ficus elastica has smooth dark green leaves with fine veins that are marked like a feather and reach a length of around 25 cm. It grows straight up and therefore does not take up much space despite the large leaves.
Ficus binnendijkii 'Alii' and 'Amstel King' mainly have long leaves that are not wide, but do hang down decoratively. Available as a green pillar and as a standard with a full crown.
Ficus Cyathistipula has dark green shiny leaves, can produce figs from an early age, and is a heavily branched potential indoor giant that climbs upwards along a stake and therefore grows attractively upright.

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