Saturday, December 24, 2011

How to Propagate Ficus Benjamina Part 4: Success!

I know it's been almost two years since I've posted here and who knows when I'll be posting next, but I thought I'd share how this guy was doing.Not too shabby, huh? He's about 3' tall now and doing fine. The plan is to just let him do his thing and see what happens.

Here are links to the complete "How to Propagate Ficus Benjamina with Water Rooting" saga:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

It's really easy, all it takes is a little patience, some sunlight and basic houseplant stuff. It's a great thing to do with kids too, shows them how plants grow. Might not be as fast as a potato, but it lasts a lot longer and is more satisfying in the end. Heh.

13 comments:

  1. I read your four part tutorial! Thank you - it is wonderful. I am going to go take my cuttings right now! Now I know what to expect, and approximatly when to expect it. Thanks again. Debbie

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  2. Thanks and good luck, Debbie!

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    1. No, thank YOU!!! The cuttings are in the water! Debbie

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  3. What is the status of the Plant Debbie?

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    1. Is this a question for me or Debbie? I'm also curious how her cuttings are doing.

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  4. I too am curious! Have a 10 year old ficus and attempting to propagate for the first time. Great advice here to get me goin. Thanks.

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  5. I have a ficus that is between 35 and 40 years old, given as a shower present when I was getting married. It's too big to bring back into the house (or I'm too old to get it in). It will pass away this winter, but I've taken cuttings as you've suggested and hope to have babies from it to carry the memories. (I tried giving it to the Royal Botanical Gardens but they have not replied.) Thanks Bob. Lynn

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    1. That's too bad that you can't get it back in but with cuttings at least you'll have the connection. If you want to give it away you could try Freecycle or Craigslist, someone might be willing to just come get it. You could also try some very heavy pruning. My mom used to cut several feet from the top of the ficus we had in the dining room every few years and it always thrived.

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  6. thank you so much , I am very lucky and happy to find such knowledge about the matter...

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  7. Really helpful - thank you very much. I have had a ficus for about 20 years ('Betty'!) and it's just too large for my house now - I've resisted my other half's appeals to consign her to the dustbin but I have agreed to a compromise that if I can create some 'children of Betty' we can retire the original. I'll be giving this a try tomorrow, and if successful I shall secretly be happy to have a corner of my lounge back. Thanks again! :)

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  8. Thanks for the tips Debbie. I'm going to follow your method.

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  9. Thanks for the tips Debbie. I'm going to follow your method.

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