The Banyan tree is an iconic figure in the culture, folklore, and literature of the Indian sub-continent.

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Banyan Tree Plant

Description for Banyan Tree

Plant height: 24 - 38 inches (60 - 97 cm)
Plant spread: 4 - 8 inches (10 - 21 cm)

The banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) is odd-looking with widespread, aerial roots that give the appearance of numerous trunks when they reach the ground. The Banyan tree is a close relative of the fig tree and a larger version of the ficus tree. These trees have large, thick roots that protrude from the trunk. The Banyan prefers warm, tropical weather, as frost can kill it.

Common name(s): banyan, banyan fig and Indian banyan
Flower colours: Green
Bloom time: Monsoon
Max reachable height: Up to 30 meters
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow

Planting and care

Banyan trees prefer well-drained but moderately moist soil.

Sunlight: Full sunlight
Soil: Rich, humusy and well-drained soil.
Water: Moderately
Temperature: 25 to 35 degree C
Fertilizer: Feed with slow-release pellets at the beginning of the growing season.

Caring for Banyan Tree

  • Water a plant when the soil feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering for the winter & rainy season.
  • Try to water the plants in the morning around 8-10am.
  • You should remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and throw in the garbage collector.
  • You should prune and fertilize a plant mostly in the spring season.

Typical uses of Banyan Tree

Special features: Perennial plant

Ornamental use: Ficus trees can maintain their tree-like shape regardless of their size, so this makes them ideal for bonsais or for massive houseplants in large spaces. The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use:

References

  • http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/
  • http://houseplants.about.com/