torsdag 25 juli 2013
Ficus nerifolia or ficus sikkimensis
Once I wrote about a ficus with narrow leaves, ficus nerifolia. I got a cutting of the species from a bonsai friend, and tried to root it. "I have had luck with many species before" I said, and was confident. For example I once rooted a podocarpus, which is a conifer and should therefore be difficult to root. OK. But this ficus I did not have success with, it just withered. Instead my friend proved to be a better gardener than me and had success (but she says it took long time) - and rooted a new cutting that she gave to me! This plant is still very small and thin. Now suddenly it has got these interesting small flowers or fruits! They are just a few millimeters in size, and look like small lemons. Interesting to see what will become of them!
This species is difficult to get to buy in Sweden. My friend bought her plant from Beck Bonsai, Germany.
They call it ficus sikkimensis. I don't know if there is a difference, but I am happy as long as it is a ficus with narrow leaves.
(The podocarpus died later, but I promise it had a lot of roots when it died. I think it died from bad care from its owner. Me that is.)