Facts About Ficus Natasja
Ficus Natasja is a popular variety of the Ficus, or fig tree. The ficus consists of well over 700 different species. Most of these species are tropical and evergreen. Some however, including the common fig tree, are deciduous. Most ficus trees are quite large when in their natural environment, yet there are a number of smaller species which serve well as indoor plants, as they either do not grow excessively large, or can be easily pruned to a desired size.
The Weeping Fig - One of the more popular species of ficus is Ficus benjamina, the Weeping Fig tree. In warm weather locations, Ficus benjamina makes an extremely attractive outdoor plant, though it can be a hand full to maintain (control might be a better word, as it can become invasive). A smaller version of the weeping Fig, and very suitable as a house plant, is Ficus benjamina Natasja, or simply, Ficus Natasja.
Leaves Will Fall, More Than Once - Ficus Natasja can be grown outdoors where the temperature is not apt to dip below about 45 degrees Fahrenheit, but is really best grown indoors, where it will thrive at normal room temperatures. This plant likes bright light, and should be located near a large window, although it's best not to have it where it will get direct sun. Like most ficus species, Ficus Natasja is well known for shedding its leaves at seemingly the slightest provocation. Ficus trees shed their leaves if the soil is allowed to become too dry, as the plant interprets the condition as the advent of a dry season, and sheds its leaves as a preventive measure to conserve moisture in the stems and roots. The plant will also shed its leaves if over watered, and will shed them at times if it is moved from one location to another.
One can almost expect some shedding when transporting a young ficus form the nursery to the home or office. It's good practice therefore to settle on a permanent location for the plant, although one can rotate it occasionally, so that it gets uniform light. This is beneficial to the plant, and one usually doesn't experience leaf drop in the process. Another thing to bear in mind is when choosing a location for the plant, try to avoid a spot where there may be a draft. Air movement and temperature fluctuations can cause the plant to shed its leaves as well. While basically an easy keeper, Ficus Natasja will let you know if something is not being done right - by shedding its leaves.
Also Popular As Bonsai - Ficus Natasja is both an attractive container plant and is also very popular as a bonsai plant. It features small, dark green leaves, and stems which can be braided to eventually form a trunk. It is normally propagated by stem cuttings or root division, so once you have one ficus plant, is usually no problem to grow additional plants from cuttings or divisions. The plant can be grown from seed as well, but doing so is usually not an easy task, and propagating by cuttings is a far easier approach. The plant grows fairly rapidly, and re potting every other year, and sometimes annually, is needed. The roots can be pruned back to half size however once the plant has reached a desired size, and having to place it in a larger container is no longer desirable.
A Fairly Common House Plant - Although sometimes described as a rare and exotic plant, and it certainly is the latter, Ficus Natasja is usually not difficult to locate, and starter plants are not very expensive. It is really a fairly easy keeper, letting you know by dropping leaves if you aren't doing things just right. Don't worry, they grow back quickly.