Cut Benjamini cuttings and let them take root - this is how it works
Spring is the best time to propagate a Ficus benjamina using cuttings. This choice of date gives the offshoots enough time to root before the tricky winter time. How to proceed properly:
- Shoot tips cut with a length of 15 cm
- Apply the scissors under a pair of leaves or leaf knots
- Pluck the leaves in the lower half
- Fill seed pots (€ 14.90 at Amazon *) with peat sand or coconut fiber substrate and moisten
- Insert 2 or 3 cuttings in each
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Put a plastic bag over each pot. Wooden sticks act as spacers so that there are no points of contact between the plastic and the offshoots. In the warm, partially shaded window seat, spray cuttings and substrate regularly without waterlogging. The emergence of fresh leaves signals that the hood can be removed.
Once the cuttings have rooted their pot, they are repotted in potted plant soil, enriched with perlite, sand or lava granulate (€ 32.90 at Amazon *). (€ 10.95 at Amazon *) You promote bushy, compact growth by pitting the cuttings of a weeping fig after repotting. To do this, cut back the shoot tips by about a third.
Green-leaved varieties take root in a glass of water
The offshoots of a green-leaved weeping fig are so robust that they take root in a water glass. Place the half-defoliated cuttings in a container with boiled water on the partially shaded, warm windowsill. Add a bit of charcoal to keep the rot from building up. Once around 3 cm long root strands have developed, pot your pupils in a mix of standard soil and lava granules.
To cut cuttings, please carry the weeping fig outside. Thanks to this care, living and working spaces are spared from soiling from the sticky, poisonous milk juice. Then rinse the plant briefly with soft water and let it dry before it takes its place in the house again.