Ficus Carica (fig tree)
The ficus Carica or also called the Fig tree can be found in the areas around the Mediterranean, Asia Minor and North West India. Nowadays also in southern Europe.
The Vijgenboom likes to be in a warm place, in full sun or a little shade, both are good. In the summer the plant needs a lot of water, but make sure that if you put the plant in a pot, it is well drained, use potting soil mixed with hydro granules, gravel is also allowed. This makes it easier for the water to drain and prevents root rot. If you have room in the garden, it is even better to plant the plant in the open ground. Give one or two hands full of fertilizer granules in the spring (Pokon). Possibly in the summer again but beware that you do not give too much. The fig tree blooms in May and can be fertilized without pollination.
You can prune the branches in the spring or autumn, but only in the fall when all the leaves have fallen off, otherwise the tree will bleed. The white juice that comes out can irritate the eyes and hands. The fruit is red fleshy and sweet, you can use it to make jam.
The leaves are thick and leathery and have a fresh green color. The fig tree loses its leaves in the fall.
Ficus Carica, for garden and terrace.