The Q&A Archives: Ficus Tree

Question: How do I propogate a ficus tree so I can make it as an indoor plant? Also, what perennial flowers would be best to plant under my ficus tree which is planted in a circular brick planter in the front yard?

Answer: You can take a semi-ripe cutting from your ficus, root it in potting soil in a container with good drainage, and keep it indoors under bright light. Semi-ripe cuttings are rooted in midsummer from the current season's growth. A 4"-6" piece should be all that's necessary. Cut the end of a new stem off the plant, remove the lowest leaves, but allow the top leaves to remain. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and place it in moistened growing medium so that at least one node (where a leaf was removed) will be in the soil. You'll know the cutting has rooted when you see new leaves develop.

The area below your ficus is probably shaded, so I'd choose lobelia, impatiens, hosta or pansies to plant below the tree.

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