It is a tropical evergreen leaf tree. Appreciated for its high resistance and the growth of air-roots giving great character.
Ideally in a Mediterranean climate outdoors during the summer months and protected from cold temperatures during winter.
In colder climates keep in a greenhouse throughout the year.
Generously in summer and decreasing in winter.
From spring to autumn.
Every 2 years in spring-summer.
100% Akadama or mixed with 20% of volcanic clay.
Pruning and nipping
The pruning is realised in spring.
Using tweezers, prune back to 2 leaves after 4 to 6 leaves have grown. Ficus will bleed milky latex profusely. When the latex dries, it forms its own natural seal and it is not necessary to use any other cut paste as a sealant.
Can be carried out throughout the year.
Growth of air-roots is a characteristic of many ficus species. The air-roots act as a strong support and aid the branches to grow extensively over great areas. Ficus Retusa are capable of growing epiphytically on other trees. With the help of birds or other animals that have eaten their fruits (figs), the seeds are laid on a tree top, making it the host tree. Roots start descending through the trunk of the host tree until they reach the ground and start strangling the host tree trunk.