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Zeeth

I got 10 figs from the giant Ficus benghalensis at the Edison estate. They are scarlet red and about 1/2 an inch across. How do I get these to germinate? I know there's a special way, but I don't know it. Thanks

Keith

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fastfeat

Chances are, there won't be any viable seed in ten fruits. Though the wasp responsible for pollinating F. benghalensis IS present in FL, it is in small numbers, so it is likely that only a few fruits per tree will be pollinated.

Try removing the outer shell and spreading the innards of the fruit on the surface of a small pot of good potting soil. Don't bury; just leave on the soil surface. Put the pot in a clear plastic bag and put in a warm, sunny window. If any are viable, they should sprout within about a month. You may have some mold to contend with, but it shouldn't affect healthy seedlings if they do emerge.

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Zeeth
Chances are, there won't be any viable seed in ten fruits. Though the wasp responsible for pollinating F. benghalensis IS present in FL, it is in small numbers, so it is likely that only a few fruits per tree will be pollinated.

Try removing the outer shell and spreading the innards of the fruit on the surface of a small pot of good potting soil. Don't bury; just leave on the soil surface. Put the pot in a clear plastic bag and put in a warm, sunny window. If any are viable, they should sprout within about a month. You may have some mold to contend with, but it shouldn't affect healthy seedlings if they do emerge.

Right as I got home I realized the wasp problem. I did what you said for the fruits, so let's hope I can get at least 1 plant. I should have just broken off a branch, as they root super easily, but I didn't think about at the time.

Keith

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fastfeat

Keith--

F. benghalensis is a little tough (but not impossible) from cuttings. Best way is to locate and detach a young volunteer from somewhere--a Sabal, Melaleuca, or freeway overpass...

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Keith--

F. benghalensis is a little tough (but not impossible) from cuttings. Best way is to locate and detach a young volunteer from somewhere--a Sabal, Melaleuca, or freeway overpass...

Thanks for the info. There are some type of Ficus growing in the nature trail by the house we are going to buy. Next time I go out there I will take pics for identification to see if it is one of the Banyan species.

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palmcurry

Keith,

If my memory serves me correctly, there is a banyan tree in Sarasota at the Ca' d' zan : John Ringlings' mansion. You could get a cutting there. When I was there 14 years ago it was free to go in.

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Keith,

If my memory serves me correctly, there is a banyan tree in Sarasota at the Ca' d' zan : John Ringlings' mansion. You could get a cutting there. When I was there 14 years ago it was free to go in.

There are banyan trees all over the place here that I could take cuttings, but it wouldn't be as special. I guess you can't have your cake and eat it too though...

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Zeeth

I am happy to report that I have had success in germinating these seeds. Here is a pic of a seedling from the largest Banyan tree in Florida

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BS Man about Palms

Cool! I would have thought that was a weed.

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Zeeth

I had a bunch of them coming up in the pot I planted them in all at the same time (which was indoors under a plastic covering), so it's the real deal!

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fastfeat

Congrats Keith.

Once they get a couple of pairs of leaves they are easy to grow.

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