Ficus is an amazing plant that amazes with its variety of species and varieties, which today we can grow just at home. So Ficus Barok is a pearl among them, one of the varieties of Ficus Benjamina, and can rightly be called the most unusual. It’s all about the bizarre shape of his leaves, which look twisted due to the arched vein. In addition, each leaf has a glossy, leathery top plate of green color and a faded bottom, as well as smooth edges. In length they grow from 3 cm to 4 cm, and in width – up to 2 cm. Each leaf has a dense straight petiole. Ficus Barok, though growing slowly, still tries to do it rapidly upwards. However, due to the fact that the trunk and side shoots are weak and thin crowns, in general, looks a little scant. But flower growers have found a solution – they plant a few (2-3) ficuses in one pot. Then grows not a single tree, but a lush and curly bush, which will be just an indispensable addition to any interior.
Taking care of Ficus Barok at home
In general, the ficus itself is not very demanding in handling, including Barok Ficus. But in order for the plant to please you with its appearance, and not to cause you to worry, you must follow simple rules that determine the proper care for it.
- Lighting: Loves bright diffuse light. However, in order to protect the plant from burns on a hot summer day, you should shade it from direct sunlight.
- Temperature: in summer, the best temperature will be +23°C – +25°C. In winter, Barok likes a moderate heat – +12 ° C – +15 ° C.
It is worth remembering that Ficus Barok is very sensitive to sudden temperature changes and may react to irritation by dropping leaves.
- Watering: this ficus likes more or less abundant watering in spring and summer, and reduced in winter. But do not pour the plant, its ground should dry out about 2 cm deep before you water it again.
- Humidity: Ficus Barok can handle dry air quite well – this is very important especially in winter, when there is not enough humidity due to radiator heating. And yet the plant will thankfully respond to spraying.
It is important to know that dried air can cause the appearance of a spider mite. Because of the unusual shape of the Barok Ficus leaf, you risk not to notice this pest. To protect your plant should be washed once in 1-2 weeks in the shower, and even better to immerse the crown in warm water for 3-7 minutes.
- Transplantation: it is recommended to transplant young plants every spring, and more mature ones once in 1-2 years. And sometimes instead of transplanting you can just change the top layer of soil.
- Fertilization: fertilize ficus with curly leaves is produced by organic and mineral liquid substrates, 2 times a month during the period of active plant growth.
- Reproduction: like other Ficus Barok varieties, Ficus Barok can be multiplied with the help of cuttings, but there are also cases of seed multiplication. Especially skilled flower growers are able to do this by air.
And so we got acquainted with another kind of Ficus Benjamina, which surprised us with its unusual appearance. Ficus Barok can become an exotic highlight in your home and complement your home green “collection”.