How to properly care for a ficus to keep it lush and beautiful: 4 essential tips

By SSPDaily editionMar 7, 2024 08:30 AMGarden
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How to properly care for a ficus
How to properly care for a ficus. Source: www.thespruce.com

Ficuses are known for their versatility and adaptability to different growing conditions. To achieve the most vivid growth, experts recommend resorting to the practice of wiping the leaves with milk. However, the reasons behind this technique may not be known to everyone. SSPDaily tells you more about caring for this plant.

The peculiarity of the flower

One of the important advantages of ficuses is their excellent ability to purify the air by filtering out harmful substances. In particular, we are talking about chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene, which are usually released from furniture, carpets, and paints.

Functions to increase the humidity in the home

Ficus leaves also have the ability to evaporate water, thereby increasing the humidity in the room. This property is especially useful during the dry winter months. Therefore, wiping ficus leaves with milk can be considered an unconventional but effective method of caring for the plant.

The reason for using milk in ficus care

This kind of care imitates the natural conditions of the flower. In the wild, some plant species interact with certain insects or ants that provide them with protection. These insects often use the milk or sap of plants for their vital functions. Therefore, wiping ficus leaves with milk can recreate similar conditions, ensuring the overall well-being of the plant.

In addition, milk contains valuable nutrients such as proteins, minerals, and vitamins. If you rub it into the leaves, it will be an additional resource for fertilization. Interestingly, milk also contains substances like latex, which have repellent properties against pests and insects. This natural defense can be beneficial for ficus, protecting it from potential harm.

Tracking the plant's response to milk application

It is important to remember that each plant has unique needs, so individual reactions to this method may vary. Therefore, it is very important to closely monitor the health of the plant and its reaction to such care. If there are any signs of stress or complications, it is recommended to stop this practice.

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