The West Indian Laurel Fig is a large tree with marvelous, glossy green foliage and small red fruits. It is native to tropical America. It ranges from the Caribbean to Mexico, Central America and South America.
It is widely grown in the tropics, often as a street tree and as an ornamental and it is also grown as a house plant in temperate regions. Zones 9-12.
- 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.
- Sow the seeds on the surface of the mix. Do not cover; the seeds need light to germinate.
- Water the seeds.
- 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.
- Keep the soil moist; do not allow it to dry out. Germination takes between 15 and 90 days.
- Transplant seedlings into individual containers when the second set of leaves, or true leaves, appear.