Care for ficus kinki at home
Known among florists as a fig tree, the ficus kinki (ficus kinkiy) house plant is a variety of the Benjamin ficus flower variety.
Ficus flower Green Kinki is a dwarf evergreen variety of the famous Benjamin, which looks like a tree-like shrub covered with a crown of small (no more than 4 cm long) leaves. Numerous branches flow from a lignified upright trunk.
In translation, the name green kinky means green curly.
The homeland of ficus Kinki is the West African and Australian tropics, where under natural conditions it grows as a full-fledged tree, reaching a height of up to 25-30 m.
A distinctive feature in the description of Benjamin Kinki's decorative ficus is the color of his foliage. The edge of the ficus leaves is framed by an unevenly running strip of beige with yellow or salad color.
Benjamin's flower, despite superstitions and signs, has gained popularity among flower growers due to its small size. Despite its exacting care, this subspecies took pride of place in the list of indoor decorative vegetation grown at home.
The growth process and the care of Kinki ficus at home suggests that no less importance will be given to creating comfortable conditions for the plant that are most similar to the natural environment of germination:
- it is a photophilous indoor flower that will actively grow and develop only in sufficiently lit rooms, mainly with diffused light, and not in direct sunlight;
- in the hot period, despite its thermophilicity, the flower does not tolerate too high temperatures, therefore the most suitable place for its location will be that it is far from standard heating batteries and far from artificial heating systems;
- the minimum temperature limit should not be lowered below 15 ° C.
Ficus Benjamin is distinguished by constancy, the flower responds poorly to movement and transplantation. Frequent movement of a flower pot with ficus can lead to leaf fall. Leaves fall from him and because of cold drafts.
Moisture indicators where the flower grows do not have a strong effect on the plant. It can tolerate dry indoor air and high humidity. However, maintaining stable conditions will certainly become a positive moment in caring for a potted flower.
As a protection of ficus from the thermal effects of heating systems, regular spraying and wiping of its foliage can become.
Care at home for Benjamin's ficus requires regular watering, transplants in case of emergency, and timely top dressing.
For ficus Kinki, it involves excessiveness and accuracy, since excessive overmoistening of soil soil leads to the appearance of a fungus, decay of the root system of the plant and its subsequent death. From small flower pots that are suitable for growing ficus, moisture does not evaporate as quickly as from wide containers, because excessive watering can cause its accumulation.
A long finding of ficus without moisture can also negatively affect the condition of the plant, the leaves of which begin to prune yellow and fall off.
Similarly, when growing and caring for any home flower, when caring for ficus, we must not forget about mineral fertilizing. When located in a land that has been depleted over time, the home flower suffers a vitamin deficiency. At the same time as the soil is oversaturated with mineral fertilizers, the plant begins to feel discomfort. In both cases, this leads to leaf fall.
In order to avoid adverse effects when there is a deficiency or an excess of mineralization of the soil in which Kinky ficus grows, care should be taken and fertilizing the earth for the plant in accordance with the recommended scheme:
- the time of active top dressing falls on the onset of spring, when after the winter dormancy the plant begins to gain growth,
- dressing can be carried out before the start of the fall season, after which the flower is not fed, continuing normal care without the use of fertilizers in the ground,
- complex mineral fertilizers are used for mineralization of soil not more than 1-2 times per 1 month.
Ficus of Benjamin Kinki propagates by pruning cuttings or by seedling by seed. Seedling, which is better suited to natural conditions, is not recommended by gardeners who are more likely to reproduce by cutting cuttings.
Transplant and pruning principles
Among the necessary measures in the process of growing and caring for ficus, its transplantation and pruning is noted.
Initial plant transplantation is required immediately after the acquisition of an indoor flower, since the substrates in which the plants are sold are not subject to constant growth and must be changed. For transplantation, you need a flower pot in which the flower could grow for at least a year, or better - 2 years.
If you leave the Kinki ficus after purchase in the substrate in which it was sold, the flower eventually discards the leaves and dies.
For the initial planting and subsequent flower transplants, it is recommended to choose a ceramic or plastic pot and use soil mixtures specially designed for growing ficuses. The basic rule for growing ficus is a pot that is not large in size and not too small. When the flower becomes uncomfortable, Benjamin's ficus begins to shed its leaves.
The frequency and frequency of subsequent transplants depend on how indoor the house grows and how quickly and intensively its root system grows. You can usually transplant ficus by transferring the flower to a new, larger flower pot while preserving the old coma. In such a transplant, only the resulting free space will remain to be filled.
You can only form the correct crown of the ficus Kinki by trimming it, which in no way affects the well-being of the room color.
The formation of a magnificent crown can be ensured if several shoots of ficus Kinki are planted in one pot. Subsequently, not only the ficus crown will become effective, but also their intertwined stems.
In the process of crown formation, extra leaves and branches are cut to give the desired shape.