Question: Repotting ficus benjamin
My name is Paola and I would like to ask you for information about my ficus benjamin.
They told me that the plants of ficus beniamino prefer the narrow pot and should be repotted only when the roots begin to emerge from the ground. For more than a year now, my ficus has been in the same pot, and it seems to me by now narrow: I would therefore like to repot it in a slightly larger pot. Can I do it now or is it better to wait? If so, what is the best period?
Thank you for your attention right now.
Repotting ficus benjamin: Answer: Repotting ficus benjamin
Thank you for contacting us regarding the questions relating to your Ficus Benjamin plant through the Expert's heading of "Gardening.it".
The genus Ficus belongs to the Moracee family and is a green plant of tropical origin: this type of plant requires to properly grow the environmental conditions of the country of origin, among these the temperature stands out for importance (the optimum must remain between 22 and 28 ° C). The lighting must be of medium intensity, and the watering, both in summer and in winter, must be carried out in order to keep the soil moist without stagnating water. This fact is very important because strong water stagnations would deprive the vitality of the plant compromising the development and growth of the leaves. It is also recommended that the water at the time of watering is not too cold, but rather at room temperature, and not taken directly from the tap because the chlorine contained adversely affects root growth. Then the fertilizations must be regular and with useful elements, because the plant shows falls of leaves also for lack of an adequate fertilization.
Ficus is a plant typically to be grown in pots because fearing low temperatures, it must be kept in sheltered places in the colder months. Ficus are repotted every two years, in April, this being said, we recommend them for transplanting:
1. keep intact all the "bread of earth" of the central plant core
2. lightly remove part of the crown and trim the broken roots.
3. store the extracted plant immediately in the new pre-established area at the same depth it was in and water it abundantly immediately after and in the following weeks.
We also advise you to take 10-12 cm long shoots from the side shoots which you can root to obtain new plants to put in pots.