The genus "ficus" includes various plant species with a common characteristic, that of having a sticky latex in the branches. The genus ficus includes fruit trees, the fig tree (ficus carica,) and ornamental species (ficus elastica, ficus benjamin and others). Pruning of the fig tree will be done differently depending on the species. Pruning of the fig is necessary when the plant is too thick or too high. In ornamental plants, pruning has the purpose of modeling the plant, making the growth more harmonious, removing dry or faded branches. In some gardens you can see plants with a variety of forms, which represent a very particular decorative element. Pruning is preferably done when the plants are in vegetative rest, in autumn or at the end of winter. The cuts must be made with well sharpened and disinfected shears to avoid infections by fungi or parasites, and as close as possible to a sprout, for a more harmonious development. During pruning one must be careful not to come into contact with the plant latex, it can be irritating, especially for the eyes.
Pruning ficus benjamin
Ficus benjamin is a variety of ficus, native to Asia. It differs from other species in the size of the leaves which are small, pointed at the end. They can have a bright green color or be variegated. The branches grow in a disordered way and the dimensions vary according to whether they are grown in pots or outdoors ... Ficus benjamin is very widespread and is mainly grown in pots. It is a very decorative plant for both private homes and offices and does not require special care. If grown in the open ground, in gardens, it grows in height and can reach considerable dimensions. The pruning of ficus benjamin has the purpose of promoting a more harmonious growth of the plant, reducing the height, eliminating the dry or diseased parts. The pruning of ficus benjamin must be done in winter because in this season there is less production of latex, but it can also be done in the spring period, with the "topping" technique. This technique involves the elimination of the tops to stimulate the growth of the lower branches and have a "fuller" plant.