The Q&A Archives: Braiding A Ficus Tree

Question: I would like to know how to successfully braid a ficus plant.

Answer: I think the braided trunks of ficus are really interesting to look at! You'll need three plants because each has only one stem. Get really young plants and pot them up together, spacing 3"-4" apart. Allow each stem to grow to about 12" tall and then, while they're still pliable, knit them together loosely and hold them in place with a soft, pliable fabric tie. Old nylons work well. As the tops grow, continue to braid the stems together. You'll need to remove some of the lower leaves as you begin the process, but eventually all the growth will be at the tops of the trees and they will intertwine all by themselves. Good luck with your project!

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