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Ficus benghalensis / Audrey Banyan Fig (80 x seeds)
Ficus benghalensis / Audrey Banyan Fig (80 x seeds)

Ficus benghalensis / Audrey Banyan Fig (80 x seeds)

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Binomial name: Ficus benghalensis 

Family: Moraceae 

Characteristics: Evergreen tree with a wide, leafy, spreading crown. It has large, leathery, glossy, elliptical leaves. Often known as the Banyan Tree.

Seeds per packet: 80

Description: Seed can be sown throughout the year indoors in a mini glasshouse.

Planting medium: Seed raising mix (preferably organic).

Optimum germination temperature: 21°C.

  1. Soak seeds in water for 24 hours.
  2. Create a mini glasshouse. Follow instructions here
  3. Lightly press the seeds into the seed raising mix. Space seeds about 1cm apart from each other. Cover with a light sprinkle of soil. Use a spray mist to moisten seeds so seeds are not disturbed. 
  4. Put lid on container to speed up germination, as it increases heat and conserves moisture.
  5. Put mini glasshouse in indirect sun. Do not put in direct sun, as this will dry the planting medium. 
  6. Put container on heat pad or near a heat source. Keep an eye on the soil and container. If too much moisture builds up, take the cover off for a bit to allow excess moisture to evaporate.
  7. Germination should be between 4-6 weeks.
  8. Gently move seedlings to individual containers when they are 3cm high.