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Name: Paul
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pniksch
Jun 8, 2014 10:46 PM CST
I've been looking for Ficus sagittata variegata (aka F. radicans variegata) for years. Posted on the 'Tropicals' forum with over 1600 views, but no one has it. Anyone here have lead? It's a vining/trailing variety that grows very much like the more common F. pumila, although the leaves are larger. I've had some near misses with growers in FL, but no one has been able to connect me with this variety.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Paul
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 9, 2014 6:27 AM CST
Have you considered Ficus benjamina ‘Variegata'? Look's pretty much the same .. there are some for sale on EBAY.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Jun 9, 2014 7:36 AM CST
Herman Engelmann was sold to Costa Farms; maybe check with them?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 9, 2014 8:44 AM CST
I'd sure love to see this plant on the market again; I'd love to have one! I wonder if/when Glasshouseworks will be getting it back in stock? http://www.glasshouseworks.com/ficus-sagitata-variegata
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 9, 2014 8:46 AM CST
If you know of anyone who actually has one I'd be happy to fire up the cloning machine and root some cuttings.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 9, 2014 9:08 AM CST
Anne: I sure wish I could find someone who has this plant. I've lived in Florida 47+ years and I haven't seen it for sale in a very long time!
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Name: Paul
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pniksch
Jun 9, 2014 9:49 AM CST
Englemann had/has it in their 'library' but doesn't grow it. GHW killed their stock plant, as did Liner Farm in FL.
As for the F. benjamina suggestion, while the look of the leaf is similar, I'm looking for a trailing/vining plant, not a tree/shrub. I've got F b 'Starlight' which is beautiful., just not what I'm looking for at this time.
I appreciate ANY efforts to help me land this nearly extinct variety!
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 9, 2014 10:33 AM CST
Paul have you considered trying something else with similar characteristics?

There is a beautiful Algerian Ivy with very similar leaf colors

There's also a lovely jasmine groundcover Tricolor

Both of those are readily available.

I can't help but think that your variegated ficus has either reverted to all green, or died out from some plague or other. Nothing else explains why it seems to have disappeared. Somebody would have it at least in their garden, but you've been asking forever, and no hits.
Elaine

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plantladylin
Jun 9, 2014 10:58 AM CST
Elaine, that's what I'm assuming, that the variegated version has ceased to exist. I've had a few variegated plants revert to solid green over the years ... a shame though if that's indeed what happened to the variegated form of Ficus sagittata. Sad
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Name: Paul
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pniksch
Jun 9, 2014 11:11 AM CST
I know there are lots of similarly variegated plants, but it's become an obsession now....I must find it......I must find it......I must find it......lol
Paul
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woofie
Jun 9, 2014 11:25 AM CST
Heh, Paul I understand completely. Hilarious! It's a quest!
I see a few photos of that plant on Flickr posts. It might be possible to contact the posters and ask where the photos were taken, or have you already tried that?
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 9, 2014 5:33 PM CST
Paul, try emailing Tallahassee Nurseries.
theexperts@tallahasseenurseries.com

They have some pretty unusual things & if they don't have it, they may be able to tell you were you can get it.

This place has it on their plant list according to Google
http://palmhammockorchidest.tripod.com/phoe.html

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RickCorey
Jun 9, 2014 7:53 PM CST
Maybe an email campaign to botanical gardens? Ask first if they HAVE it. THEN ask for a cutting.

This seems to have a list of clubs and societies, one of whose interests is Ficus.
http://www.bonsaiginseng.net/ficus-ginseng/clubs-and-societi...

There is a Facebook group calling itself the ""International Ficus Society"".

I don't know what academic department would focus on Ficus, but you could get an infinite number of email addresses that way, to ask if they know someone else you could ask.

Good luck!
Name: Paul
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pniksch
Jun 30, 2014 8:15 AM CST
Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions. The quest continues!
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jun 30, 2014 8:35 AM CST
Sorry you haven't found it, yet, Paul.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Sandy
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ilovejesus99
Jun 30, 2014 9:51 AM CST
Been raining too much here and now too hot to search many nursery's. I will always be looking Lovey dubby
Name: Paul
Frisco TX (Zone 8a)
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pniksch
Jun 30, 2014 12:04 PM CST
Thanks for keeping me and my plant in mind. Happy July 4th!
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Name: Sandy
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ilovejesus99
Jun 30, 2014 1:38 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Happy 4th to you Lovey dubby

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