Ficus Nerifolia is often called either the willow leaf fig or ficus. With narrow and small leaves resembling those of a willow tree, this particularly attractive variety of the ficus is loved by bonsai enthusiasts all over the world.
These trees are adorable for they are strong and grow fast. Suitable for households, Ficus Nerifolia Bonsai tree is also good for outside decoration, especially in a warmer climate.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has assigned it to the zones 10 through 11, the categorical particulars that specify the hardiness of plants. Just like any ficus tree, Nerifolia needs protection from frost.
Apart from the aesthetical attributes, these trees offer great health value and help keep your household’s environment healthful. Let’s take a look at the proven benefits of having Nerifolia at your house.
Nerifolia Helps Keep the Indoor Free of Air Pollutants.
We’re accustomed to the many uses of a wide variety of things which contain a lot of ingredients and chemicals. All these don’t have the same effect on our body. Here’s a quick list of harmful toxins and pollutants found in those elements used in our household items.
- Trichloroethylene is found in paints, lacquers, printing inks, adhesives, paint strippers/removers, and varnishes.
- Formaldehyde is found in waxed papers, paper towels and bags, paper napkins, facial tissues, synthetic fabric, particle board, and plywood paneling.
- Benzene is found in rubber lubricants, drugs, detergents, resins, dyes, plastics, pesticides, and synthetic fibers.
- Xylene is found in rubber, printing, paint, leather, tobacco, vehicle exhausts, smokes, and industries.
- Ammonia is found in floor waxes, fertilizers, smelling salts, and window cleaners.
In addition to these chemical substances, there are other indoor air pollutants like particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, lead, fungi, and bacteria.
The Way Ficus Bonsai Helps
You might be wondering how this bonsai filters out these chemicals and helps purify the air circulating inside your home. Well, here’s how.
Ficus bonsai uses its leaves to absorb the different air pollutants. Then, it breaks those chemicals down into forms that the tree can use. The gases which the leaves absorb are transported right to the soil. The water absorbed regularly from the soil goes upward so that the plants can use for its food.
The contaminants get released completely through the plant’s roots and directly into the soil. Microorganisms of different varieties live in the soil and break those pollutants down for converting them into harmless compounds, some of which are turned into nutrients.
In addition, plant photosynthesis produces several by-products, and oxygen is one of them. We all know how crucial oxygen is when the question of our survival on earth comes into mind.
Similarly, air contains some sorts of fungi and bacteria which are usually attracted to their natural habitat, soil. This way, those harmful fungi and bacteria available in the air turn to be conducive to the plant rooted in the soil.
The air we breathe in goes directly into our body, which is why the presence of any sort of toxic chemical is, in no way, good for our health.
When we get overexposed to the various pollutants in the air, several health complications start surfacing and cause serious discomforts to affect our regular lifestyle in the way we never want.
Some examples of health issues include headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and irritations in the eye, throat, and nose. Even worse, these issues may end in serious consequences like heart diseases, respiratory infections or diseases, and even cancer.
Inhaling all these dangerous compounds and toxins in the air, we can only hope to have a support, and that’s what gives us all the more reasons and relevance to grow and care for Ficus Nerifolia.
How to Care for Ficus Nerofilia?
When you can see the roots of the plant around the pot’s drainage holes, it’s time to repot it to outside or a larger pot. You need to transplant your ficus when the evening is about to start so that it gets to recover from transplantation prior to receiving the sunlight.
Ficus is usually able to survive well in different soil types. You can repot it in any regular soil used for houseplant pots into the ground. Make sure you mix the topsoil with the potting soil.
Pat all the soil properly down as you’ve planted and watered the soil all around the plant’s base. You can do the same in a new pot but make sure you keep patting as long as it takes to get soaked well.
After you’ve planted the tree, you should water it at least once a day and continue the practice up to the first couple of weeks. As you see the ficus got its way down firmly, you can water its soil only when the surface feels dry.
You have to water it until the soil gets thoroughly soaked. Don’t forget about your Ficus Nerifolia to leave it to completely dry out. You don’t want to see dead leaves.
Pick a spot for the tree where it may get abundant sunshine and humidity. You can also have one thrived to its fullest though there were only a dry condition and indirect light. But, all it loves is a lot of humidity and sunshine to grow fast and amuse the observers.
Once you see the plant is growing consistently, you need to start fertilizing it once in every 3 to 4 weeks. Purchase or prepare balanced fertilizers and apply them to let the tree have its chance in the growing season.
Mix 1 tbsp. of water-soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer with 1 gallon of clean water. Stir the mixture well. Then, try to sprinkle the liquid evenly all over the soil surface.
Prune your tree to have a control over its undesirable growth and help maintain an attractive shape. For a bushier look, the pruning needs to be precise and planned.
That’s how you can take care of the tree and become the happy and proud owner of a Ficus Nerifolia Bonsai tree.