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Care of the plant Ficus ingens or Red-leaved fig.

Care of the tree Ficus ingens or Red-leaved fig

The genus Ficus, family Moraceae, includes 900 species of trees, shrubs, and climbing plants. Some species are: Ficus ingens, Ficus deltoidea, Ficus carica, Ficus binnendijkii, Ficus elastica, Ficus salicaria, Ficus benjamina, Ficus lyrata, Ficus radicans, Ficus pumila, Ficus retusa, Ficus cyathistipula, Ficus rubiginosa.

Common names: Red-leaved fig, Red-leaved rock fig. This species is native to South Africa.

They are semi-evergreen trees with an extended or rounded crown that reach 15 meters (49.2 feet) in height. The leathery, shiny leaves are lanceolate or heart-shaped, 16 cm in length, and coppery or reddish in color when they sprout (later turn green). They produce small edible fruits that attract birds.

They are used in rockery, as shade trees, as bonsai and in large pots for patios and terraces. It is important not to grow them near buildings because the roots are so aggressive that they can break rocks. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Ficus ingens prefers full sun exposure and warm weather. It's preferable not to expose them to less than 5 ºC (41 ºF).

The soil must drain very well and contain organic matter. They can be grown on rocky and poor substrates.

Water regularly in spring and summer waiting until the substrate has almost dried. In autumn reduce watering; water sporadically in winter.

Fertilize with compost in late winter.

No need for pruning.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate easily by cuttings in spring or summer.

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Ficus ingens
Ficus ingens