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Strangler Fig Tree &
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Let's talk about the Strangler fig tree, also known as Ficus watkinsiana, a vibrant member of the Ficus genus that includes around 800 species! This ficus tree is one of many species that, as a result of their distinctive germination processes, have acquired names like the Strangler fig tree, Watkins' fig, nipple fig, or the green-leaved Moreton Bay fig tree. If the fig seeds get enough moisture, they will germinate anywhere. 

It is a type of fig tree that is known for its unique growth habit. It starts its life as an epiphyte, which means it grows on other plants and trees, and over time, it sends out roots that grow down to the ground. These roots can wrap around the host tree, eventually strangling it and taking over as the main trunk of the fig tree. This process can take several years, and the resulting magnificent hollow-trunked fig tree can grow to be over 98 feet tall, with large oval leaves and purple-black round edible fruits. 

In the spring and summer, it produces tiny, inconspicuous flowers that are pollinated by fig wasps. While this plant may be too big for your backyard garden, it makes an excellent shade tree for parks or larger properties.  

Plus, despite being native to Australia and Papua New Guinea, this strangler fig can thrive in temperate regions, too - just give it plenty of moisture and well-draining soil! And if you're feeling adventurous enough, you can grow one at home as a potted plant or bonsai. 

You can cultivate these beauties both indoors and outside; just make sure you have enough space for them because they tend to get pretty big. 

Watering Needs 

One of the coolest features of the stranger fig-ficus tree is the way it stores water in its stems. That means you don't need to water it too often - just make sure the topsoil is completely dry before giving it another drink. This helps avoid overwatering and keeps your plant healthy and happy!  

Plus, during those hot summer months, watering once a week is perfect for this little guy. But in the winter (the dormant season), you can reduce your frequency to every two weeks or less. And get this - any type of water (except hard water) will work just fine!  

So, whether you use tap or filtered or even rainwater, your strangling fig will thrive in no time. Just remember to avoid hard water since it doesn't like lime very much.  

Light Requirements 

The strangler fig should be grown in either full sun or filtered light. New plants can get burned in the full sun as they were probably grown in a greenhouse; therefore, they gradually increase their exposure to sunlight.  

It does not require a lot of light, but it does need a bright location to thrive. If it is not receiving enough light, its growth may become stunted, and its leaves may turn yellow or drop off.  

Remember, if the sun is too bright and is burning your fig plant leaves, consider purchasing a sunshade or moving the plant to a more shaded location.  

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The strangler fig likes very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 5.5- 6.5. This fig tree requires fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Your soil must have a sandy texture and a low water-holding capacity, just like desert soil.  Soggy wet soil can damage your plant and contributes to bacterial and fungal rot. In addition, because of a lack of oxygen, soggy soil substitutes air pockets with water, resulting in an anaerobic environment that can kill your plant. 

As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. Ideally, you want to use our specialized potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your stunning plant to thrive.  

Natural fertilizers with almost an equal ratio of NPK 5-10-5 also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your ficus tree some love with some awesome natural fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More 

The strangler fig tree is native to tropical and subtropical regions and is not cold hardy. It is typically grown as a houseplant in colder climates and is not suitable for outdoor cultivation in areas with freezing temperatures.  

As for temperature and humidity, it prefers warm temperatures between 60-75°F and high humidity levels between 50-70%. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 35 F, but it is important to avoid placing it in a location with drafts or sudden temperature changes, as this can cause stress to the plant.  

With the help of strangler fig, you'll start to spend less time maintaining your garden and more time taking in its beauty! 

Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Ficus watkinsiana
Common Name Strangler Fig Tree, Watkins' fig, nipple fig, green-leaved Moreton Bay fig tree
Dormancy Winter
Family Moraceae
Flower Color Greenish
Genus Ficus
Growth Habit Epiphyte, Hemiepiphyte
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Mature Size 98 ft. tall
Native Area Austrailia
Plant Type Perennial plant, tree
Propagation By stem cuttings, seeds
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized potting mix
Special Features Easy to grow
Sun Exposure Full sun, filtered sun
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to cats, friendly to dogs
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Strangler Fig

The strangler fig plant can be affected by a few pests, including mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites. These pests can cause damage to the plant by feeding on the leaves and stems, which can cause the plant to become weak and stressed.  

Pests attack: To prevent these pests from infesting the fig tree, it is important to keep the plant in a clean environment and avoid overwatering, as this can create a humid environment that is conducive to pest infestations. If pests are present, they can be treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil, which are effective at killing pests without harming the plant.  

Overwatering: It can also be a problem for the strangler fig as it can cause the roots to rot. To prevent this problem, it is important to plant the plant in well-draining soil and to avoid watering it too frequently.  

Yellowing of leaves: A common sign of root rot is the yellowing of leaves, which eventually drop off. These are also signs of a plant that doesn't get enough sunlight. The leaves of the fig tree will be yellow if your soil has been dry, especially in the winter. For a few days, leave the plant outside in the sun for about six hours each day, and it will heal. 

FAQs - Strangler Fig Plant

What is special about the strangler fig? 

Strangler Fig, or Ficus tree, is a type of fig tree that is known for its unique growth habit, as it appears as if the tree is strangling the host tree. It starts its life as an epiphyte, which means it grows on other plants and trees, and over time, it sends out roots that grow down to the ground. These roots can wrap around the host tree, eventually strangling it and taking over as the main trunk of the fig tree.  

This process can take many years, and the resulting tree can be quite large and impressive. Strangler Fig is also known for its attractive foliage and ability to adapt to a variety of growing conditions. 

What is the fig tree famous for? 

Fig trees are famous for their sweet and delicious fruit, which is enjoyed around the world. The fig fruit is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and is often used in cooking and baking. Fig trees are also known for their attractive foliage and ability to adapt to a variety of growing conditions.  

Additionally, fig trees have been used for their medicinal properties for centuries and are believed to have a number of health benefits, including improving digestion, reducing inflammation, and boosting the immune system. Please consult with a healthcare expert before consuming this plant, as the proper dosage is unknown.  

Is the strangler fig fruit edible? 

Yes, the fruit of the strangler fig is edible. However, it may not be as commonly consumed as the fruit of other types of fig trees, as it can be smaller and less sweet. Additionally, the fruit of the Strangler Fig tree is often consumed by birds and other wildlife before it can be harvested by humans. 

Is a Ficus tree a good indoor plant? 

Yes, Ficus trees are often grown as indoor plants, as they are relatively easy to care for and can add a touch of greenery to any indoor space. They are known for their attractive foliage and ability to adapt to a variety of growing conditions.  

However, it is important to note that Ficus trees can be sensitive to changes in their environment, such as changes in temperature or humidity, and may require some special care to thrive indoors. Additionally, some people may be allergic to the sap of the Ficus tree, so it is important to be aware of this if you are considering growing one indoors. 

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Let's talk about the Strangler fig tree, also known as Ficus watkinsiana, a vibrant member of the Ficus genus that includes around 800 species! This ficus tree is one of many species that, as a result of their distinctive germination processes, have acquired names like the Strangler fig tree, Watkins' fig, nipple fig, or the green-leaved Moreton Bay fig tree. If the fig seeds get enough moisture, they will germinate anywhere. 

It is a type of fig tree that is known for its unique growth habit. It starts its life as an epiphyte, which means it grows on other plants and trees, and over time, it sends out roots that grow down to the ground. These roots can wrap around the host tree, eventually strangling it and taking over as the main trunk of the fig tree. This process can take several years, and the resulting magnificent hollow-trunked fig tree can grow to be over 98 feet tall, with large oval leaves and purple-black round edible fruits. 

In the spring and summer, it produces tiny, inconspicuous flowers that are pollinated by fig wasps. While this plant may be too big for your backyard garden, it makes an excellent shade tree for parks or larger properties.  

Plus, despite being native to Australia and Papua New Guinea, this strangler fig can thrive in temperate regions, too - just give it plenty of moisture and well-draining soil! And if you're feeling adventurous enough, you can grow one at home as a potted plant or bonsai. 

You can cultivate these beauties both indoors and outside; just make sure you have enough space for them because they tend to get pretty big. 

Watering Needs 

One of the coolest features of the stranger fig-ficus tree is the way it stores water in its stems. That means you don't need to water it too often - just make sure the topsoil is completely dry before giving it another drink. This helps avoid overwatering and keeps your plant healthy and happy!  

Plus, during those hot summer months, watering once a week is perfect for this little guy. But in the winter (the dormant season), you can reduce your frequency to every two weeks or less. And get this - any type of water (except hard water) will work just fine!  

So, whether you use tap or filtered or even rainwater, your strangling fig will thrive in no time. Just remember to avoid hard water since it doesn't like lime very much.  

Light Requirements 

The strangler fig should be grown in either full sun or filtered light. New plants can get burned in the full sun as they were probably grown in a greenhouse; therefore, they gradually increase their exposure to sunlight.  

It does not require a lot of light, but it does need a bright location to thrive. If it is not receiving enough light, its growth may become stunted, and its leaves may turn yellow or drop off.  

Remember, if the sun is too bright and is burning your fig plant leaves, consider purchasing a sunshade or moving the plant to a more shaded location.  

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The strangler fig likes very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 5.5- 6.5. This fig tree requires fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Your soil must have a sandy texture and a low water-holding capacity, just like desert soil.  Soggy wet soil can damage your plant and contributes to bacterial and fungal rot. In addition, because of a lack of oxygen, soggy soil substitutes air pockets with water, resulting in an anaerobic environment that can kill your plant. 

As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. Ideally, you want to use our specialized potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your stunning plant to thrive.  

Natural fertilizers with almost an equal ratio of NPK 5-10-5 also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your ficus tree some love with some awesome natural fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More 

The strangler fig tree is native to tropical and subtropical regions and is not cold hardy. It is typically grown as a houseplant in colder climates and is not suitable for outdoor cultivation in areas with freezing temperatures.  

As for temperature and humidity, it prefers warm temperatures between 60-75°F and high humidity levels between 50-70%. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 35 F, but it is important to avoid placing it in a location with drafts or sudden temperature changes, as this can cause stress to the plant.  

With the help of strangler fig, you'll start to spend less time maintaining your garden and more time taking in its beauty! 

Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Ficus watkinsiana
Common Name Strangler Fig Tree, Watkins' fig, nipple fig, green-leaved Moreton Bay fig tree
Dormancy Winter
Family Moraceae
Flower Color Greenish
Genus Ficus
Growth Habit Epiphyte, Hemiepiphyte
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Mature Size 98 ft. tall
Native Area Austrailia
Plant Type Perennial plant, tree
Propagation By stem cuttings, seeds
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized potting mix
Special Features Easy to grow
Sun Exposure Full sun, filtered sun
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to cats, friendly to dogs
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Strangler Fig

The strangler fig plant can be affected by a few pests, including mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites. These pests can cause damage to the plant by feeding on the leaves and stems, which can cause the plant to become weak and stressed.  

Pests attack: To prevent these pests from infesting the fig tree, it is important to keep the plant in a clean environment and avoid overwatering, as this can create a humid environment that is conducive to pest infestations. If pests are present, they can be treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil, which are effective at killing pests without harming the plant.  

Overwatering: It can also be a problem for the strangler fig as it can cause the roots to rot. To prevent this problem, it is important to plant the plant in well-draining soil and to avoid watering it too frequently.  

Yellowing of leaves: A common sign of root rot is the yellowing of leaves, which eventually drop off. These are also signs of a plant that doesn't get enough sunlight. The leaves of the fig tree will be yellow if your soil has been dry, especially in the winter. For a few days, leave the plant outside in the sun for about six hours each day, and it will heal. 

FAQs - Strangler Fig Plant

What is special about the strangler fig? 

Strangler Fig, or Ficus tree, is a type of fig tree that is known for its unique growth habit, as it appears as if the tree is strangling the host tree. It starts its life as an epiphyte, which means it grows on other plants and trees, and over time, it sends out roots that grow down to the ground. These roots can wrap around the host tree, eventually strangling it and taking over as the main trunk of the fig tree.  

This process can take many years, and the resulting tree can be quite large and impressive. Strangler Fig is also known for its attractive foliage and ability to adapt to a variety of growing conditions. 

What is the fig tree famous for? 

Fig trees are famous for their sweet and delicious fruit, which is enjoyed around the world. The fig fruit is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and is often used in cooking and baking. Fig trees are also known for their attractive foliage and ability to adapt to a variety of growing conditions.  

Additionally, fig trees have been used for their medicinal properties for centuries and are believed to have a number of health benefits, including improving digestion, reducing inflammation, and boosting the immune system. Please consult with a healthcare expert before consuming this plant, as the proper dosage is unknown.  

Is the strangler fig fruit edible? 

Yes, the fruit of the strangler fig is edible. However, it may not be as commonly consumed as the fruit of other types of fig trees, as it can be smaller and less sweet. Additionally, the fruit of the Strangler Fig tree is often consumed by birds and other wildlife before it can be harvested by humans. 

Is a Ficus tree a good indoor plant? 

Yes, Ficus trees are often grown as indoor plants, as they are relatively easy to care for and can add a touch of greenery to any indoor space. They are known for their attractive foliage and ability to adapt to a variety of growing conditions.  

However, it is important to note that Ficus trees can be sensitive to changes in their environment, such as changes in temperature or humidity, and may require some special care to thrive indoors. Additionally, some people may be allergic to the sap of the Ficus tree, so it is important to be aware of this if you are considering growing one indoors. 

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