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Ficus racemosa / Cluster fig tree (40 x seeds)
Ficus racemosa / Cluster fig tree (40 x seeds)

Ficus racemosa / Cluster fig tree (40 x seeds)

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Binomial name: Ficus racemosa

Family: Moraceae

Characteristics: Ficus racemosa is a deciduous fig tree, that is native to tropical parts of Asia and Australia. Its leaves are arranged alternately on twigs/main branches and the young leaves are toothed. Although native to tropical areas in will grow outdoors happily in sub-tropical regions and can be grown in pots and over winter indoors in the warm in cooler climates. Ficus do well in pots and don’t seem to mind being a bit root bound. The Cluster Fig is also a great species for bonsai growing.

Seeds per packet: 40

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

Planting medium: 

Optimum germination temperature: 25-28 °C.

  1. Soak seeds to break dormancy in pre-boiled water that has cooled to the touch but is still hot (approximately 65°C) for 10 minutes. 
  2. Sow seeds onto the surface of a well draining seed raising mix or peat moss and gently press to ensure the seeds make good contact with the soil. Leave uncovered.
  3. These seeds MUST stay moist at all times, drying out of the medium (peat/soil) will kill the seeds embryo quite quickly once germination inside the seed has begun.
  4. Create a mini glasshouse. Follow instructions here.
  5. Arrange container on a heat pad and cover with plastic wrap or a plastic lid (this will keep warmth and humidity inside pot and also help retain moisture).
  6. Put mini glasshouse in indirect sun. Do not put in direct sun, as this will dry the planting medium. 
  7. Keep soil moist at all times during germination but not soaking wet, as this can rot your seeds.
  8. Germination begins at approximately 1-4 weeks in optimal conditions.
  9. Once germination has begun, leave a corner of the pot/container uncovered to allow air circulation and assist seedlings in adapting to the environment outside. Remove completely if appropriate over 1-2 weeks.
  10. Ficus can be transplanted if necessary once they have at least 2-4 true leaves. While young they prefer a part shaded position but will cope with full sun when mature and hardened off.
  11. They prefer a well draining soil and will become drought tolerant as they mature.
  12. Ficus are best kept in pots until they are at least 2 years old, this way they are nice and strong before planting out in spring.