Big gardens can seem empty without a hedge. Ficus Nitida hedge is one of the best in order to build green walls in your garden. It can be used for various landscaping projects and you will benefit from its gorgeous looks for a long time. This hedge is present in many castle gardens all over the world, making it perfect for stylish gardens.
Why choose Ficus Nitida Hedge?
Nitida is endemic to the Malay Archipelago , India, Australia and Sri Lanka. It has a dense root system which allow the plant to conserve nutrients for long periods of time, making it bad weather resistant.
This can also prove to be a problem. Because of the roots system it is best to plant it far away from concrete or asphalt pathways. The roots will deform the ground and ruin the pathways in time.
If you are thinking about building a nice screening wall in your garden than this ficus is the best. This plant can grow up to 20 feet tall and has very dense branches and evergreen foliage.
The leaves have a leathery texture with a dark green color. They are smooth and shiny and very pleasant to the eye. In spring young sprouts appear and crude green leaves will develop. The two tone effect is beautiful and it will last for a few weeks.
It is a rapidly growing plant and in just 3-4 years it can reach maturity if it is cared properly. It does need a lot of water and it does not need ma lot of maintenance as it has few pests.
Temperature and Watering Sessions for Ficus Nitida Hedge
This hedge grows well warm climates and can be acclimatized to temperate zones as well. You can find many varieties that are already acclimatized to different climates. In very hot climates it can develop Red Spiders which will attack the plant.
Other than that ficus nitida is very resilient and it can endure mild frost. If frost is imminent you can cover the hedge in order to protect it. Long periods with temperature under 13 degrees centigrade can cause a lot of damage to the plant.
Watering should not be very often. It prefers semi dry soil and good drainage. Over watering will harm the plant and the hedge will begin to die.
Propagating the Plant
Ficus Nitida can be propagates using stems of about 18 centimeters long during spring time. Cut the stems and place them in pots. The pots need to be filled with a mixture of equal prats of peat moss and sand.
When performing the cuts be sure to cut under a node. After that remove the lower leaves and pot them. The pots should be placed in a greenhouse or a room with a high temperature in direct sunlight.
In about 4 months the plants will be well rooted and they can be transplanted outside. Make sure to position them well. If you want to build a wall of about 15 feet long, you will need approximately 30 plants.
Plant them at an even distance to ensure the wall effect. They will begin to grow slowly. As they branch out and begin to look stronger, carefully trim the plants to obtain the wall effect.