The green island ficus, also known as the Chinese banyan tree, is a member of the genus of bonsai. Originally a native of Southeast Asia, the green island ficus has gained popularity as a slow growing filler for home and commercial gardens. The green island ficus is hardy and self-sufficient, rarely requiring more than the most basic care and equally amenable to indoor and outdoor growing conditions provided adequate light and hydration is provided.
Planting a Green Island Ficus
Left unpruned, the green island ficus can reach heights up to fifty feet tall, and will produce a multitude of aerial roots which may sprout off in a variety of directions not in keeping with garden or landscape design. Deciding in advance the area the tree should occupy will greatly assist in containing its growth later on. The green island ficus prefers bright light but can cope with dimmer lighting. Soil conditions in the selected location should be able to retain moisture without becoming wet, which can lead to root rot.
Growing and Caring for a Green Island Ficus
To plant the green island ficus, obtain seeds or an existing plant from a commercial grower. Green island ficus will require weekly watering, but should be allowed to dry out between waterings to avoid dampness and root rot. Regular applications of fertilizer throughout the spring and summer will aid in growth, but can be ceased for the fallow winter season. The green island ficus is known to be resistant to most pests and diseases, and rarely needs any care in this direction.
Green Island Ficus Figs
The green island ficus will produce fruit called figs. Animals and birds seem to enjoy eating the fig seeds, but the fruit is not generally considered edible to humans. However, it will not cause harm if ingested.