Answer from NGA
April 27, 2010
|There are no small growing Ficus Nitida but if you start out with one gallon plants and prune them several times a year, you can keep them small and they will remain green at the bottom. It's when you stop pruning that new growth stops developing and the trunks become bare. Pruning consistently will keep new growth throughout the plant, including the trunk. As long as your ficus are in a planter you can control their root systems. In the ground they can cause problems by lifting sidewalks and driveways. In a container you can do some periodic root pruning to keep the plants contained.
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