Ficus deltoidea

Ficus deltoidea

Life form Bush
Family Moraceae
Origin Malaysia, Indonesia, Southern Philippines
Ease of cultivation Easy enough for growing a plant
The size In room conditions, most often up to 90 cm. In nature, up to 4 m high.
Growth rate High, up to 20-25 cm per year.
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In the summer: 64,4-73,4 ° F, in winter not below 60,8 ° F. In case of extreme heat, ventilation is necessary. This type of ficus is quite resistant to temperature fluctuations.
Humidity High. Daily spraying of plants with water at room temperature is required, especially in winter. After spraying the plant, it should be shaded from the bright sun. When the heating is on, the plant should be placed away from the radiators (not less than 2 m), because dry air is one of the reasons for dropping leaves.
Lighting Bright diffused light. This species is light-loving enough.
The soil Fertile, weakly acidic or neutral: 1 part of the turf ground, 1 part of the leaf earth, 1/2 part of the sand, you can add a little charcoal. Either 1 part of the turf ground, 1 part peat, 1 part of the leaf earth, 1 part sand (pH 6.5-7.5). Requires good drainage, the best option if a lower layer is composed of expanded clay, sand and the upper.
Watering Summer regular moderate watering defended warm water (2 times a week), the soil should dry out slightly before the next irrigation. In winter, watering is reduced to 1 time in 7-10 days. Avoid over-moistening.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn, every 2 weeks, liquid fertilizer, alternating organic and mineral.
Reproduction Upper cuttings 10-18 cm, at least with three pairs of healthy leaves (the lower two pairs should be removed), in spring in a greenhouse (or covered with polyethylene) in a mixture of peat and perlite or earth with sand, at a temperature of 77 ° F. Cut the cuttings better to pre-treat with corn (or heteroauxin). Set for germination in diffuse light conditions. After 2 weeks, polyethylene can be removed. After rooting, put in a pot about 10 cm in diameter.
Bloom In the rooms abundantly blossoms and fruiting, like all the ficuses, forms syconia – small globular flowers of yellow color about 2 cm in size, reminiscent of a berry.
Transfer In February-March, young plants annually, increasing the diameter of the pot by 4-5 cm. In adult plants, if the pot diameter exceeds 30 cm, you can replace the top 3 cm of soil.
Features of care Heterophilia is characteristic for this species, i.e. leaves on one plant can have different shapes. The plant does not like drafts. Ficus deltoid can be grown in bonsai culture. In order to form the crown, the shoots must be shortened regularly.
Difficulties It is affected by mealybug, as well as aphids, scutes, thrips. The new shoots are thin, and the leaves are small, either as a result of a lack of light, or with a lack of nutrition.Leaves may fall due to lack of watering or when changing the place of growth or from a temperature drop, with excessive moisture, they droop, the plant may begin to rot.
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