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Banyan Fig Ficus benghalensis 200 Seeds USA Company

Banyan Fig Ficus benghalensis 200 Seeds USA Company

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Ficus benghalensis, commonly known as the banyan tree, is a species of fig tree native to the Indian subcontinent and other parts of tropical Asia. Here are some key points about Ficus benghalensis:

Size and Growth Habit: Banyan trees are known for their immense size and sprawling growth habit. They often start as epiphytes, germinating in the crevices of other trees or structures. As they grow, banyan trees send down aerial roots from their branches, which eventually become thick trunks, giving the tree a labyrinthine appearance.

Leaves: The leaves of Ficus benghalensis are large, elliptical, and glossy green, with prominent veins. They provide dense shade beneath the canopy of the tree.

Fruits: Like other fig species, Ficus benghalensis produces small, round fruits known as figs. These figs are green when immature and turn purplish-black when ripe. They are an important food source for various birds and mammals.

Cultural Significance: The banyan tree holds significant cultural and religious importance in many Asian societies. In Hindu mythology, it is considered sacred and often associated with the god Vishnu. Banyan trees are also frequently found near temples and are sites for religious rituals and gatherings.

Ecological Importance: Banyan trees provide habitat for a diverse array of plant and animal species. Their aerial roots create microhabitats for epiphytes, insects, and small animals, contributing to overall biodiversity in the ecosystem.

 

Growing Instructions

 

  1. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
  2. Sow the seeds on the surface of the mix. Do not cover; the seeds need light to germinate.
  3. Water the seeds.
  4. Set the container outdoors in full sunlight or partial shade if temperatures are above 77 degrees Fahrenheit. If temperatures are too low, keep the container indoors under artificial lights.
  5. Keep the soil moist; do not allow it to dry out. Germination takes between 15 and 90 days.
  6. Transplant seedlings into individual containers when the second set of leaves, or true leaves, appear.

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