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Welcome!

 

I greet you in the Love and in the Light.

 

Today I'm talking about how to grow Ficus Religiosa from seed.

 

BACKGROUND

 

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Ficus Religiosa, also known as the Bodhi Tree or Sacred Fig is a species of fig native to the Indian subcontinent. The trees feature oversized, intertwined, gnarly root systems that are partially visible above ground.

 

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Ficus Religiosa trees are considered sacred. Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment while sitting under one. The leaves of this tree move continuously even when the air around is still and no perceptible wind is blowing.

 

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Ficus Religiosa also serves as an important source of medicine. The various parts of the plants like stem, bark, fruits, buds and latex are used in the treatment of different diseases like dysentery, mumps, jaundice, heart diseases, diabetes, constipation and skin problems.  

 

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HOW TO GROW FICUS RELIGIOSA FROM SEED

 

Step 1

 

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Take great care in selecting fertile Ficus Religiosa seeds from a reputable source. Buy only fresh seeds as Ficus Religiosa has a short viability shelf life of approximately 6 months.

 

Step 2

 

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Prepare a custom growing mixture using Seed Raising Mix, Sand, Vermiculite and Perlite at the ratio of  5 : 1 : 1 : 1. Blend the growing medium thoroughly.

 

Step 3

 

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Fill propagation trays with the custom growing medium. Place the Ficus Religiosa seeds on top of the soil. Lightly sprinkle some sand over them to bind them in place but do not cover the seeds. Light is required to germinate these seeds. Covering the seeds will result in failure.

 

Step 4

 

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Put a plastic lid over the tray. Place the tray in a place that receives strong morning sunlight only. Take the lids off for a few minutes each day to allow fresh oxygen to reach the seeds. Use a spray bottle to lightly mist the trays if they start to dry out. Keep the mix lightly damp for approximately 2-3 weeks until you see the seedlings appear.

 

Step 5

 

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After 90 days the Ficus Religiosa seedlings will be mature enough to be transplanted into larger containers or out in the garden.

 

QUESTIONS

 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Until next time my friends.

 

Infinite Love & Light

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