Curious minds would like to know, what might be planted next to figs to mask or complement the odor? Many Ficus produce figs. If You Have Room for Only One Fruit Tree ... Real vs. My first fig was a panache from home dopot at the beginning of this year. The reason: you removed the (primary) source of auxin for that branch only. Outdoor ficus grow as ornamentals, though some varieties are grown for their edible fig fruits. Sometimes, though, that's not a course we can immediately steer, which makes controlling how often we water a very important factor. It has 6 figs growing right now, guess I'll have to put up with the aroma. Like; Save; californian. Do you have an ion exchange water softener - that's one that is charged regularly with salt? Better, would be to simply adopt a soil that drains well enough to allow watering to beyond the saturation point, so we're flushing the soil of accumulating dissolved solids whenever we water; this, w/o the plant being forced to pay a tax in the form of reduced vitality, due to prolong periods of soil saturation. Clean the tip and insert it into a cup of distilled water and witness the fact it reads 'DRY'. I thought that the smell was coming from some of the stray cats in the neighborhood. So I had my tree stored away for the year, and after it was put together I noticed a slightly musty smelling odor coming from it. yes, all trees do produce sap. Jul 12, 2009 #2 ficus tree is perfect for chameleons . They seem to have a stronger scent as the weather gets hotter. Thanks for the information on the smell. Hope this won't keep you from collecting more varieties.Woody. "In southern France, there is some use of fig leaves as a source of perfume material called "fig-leaf absolute"Âa dark-green to brownish-green, semi-solid mass or thick liquid of herbaceous-woody-mossy odor, employed in creating woodland scents. Also they eat ficus trees so I was wondering how much do they eat of it and if ficus trees are the only plant type they can eat? Pit,Thanks for the pointer, i already looked, but no mention of aromatics pleasant or otherwise. Keep in mind that how enthusiastic the response is depends on how healthy the tree is and WHEN you do the work. Ficus trees (Ficus benjamina) are generally forgiving plants. Thanks for your help! If employed, the suggestions in the overview will help you to avoid all of the most common and most serious limitations you'll encounter as a container gardener. -- I've got to get some cuttings of those figs of yours. How to Care for Your Ficus Benjamina. The saying "too much of a good thing" still applies! Ficus love bright, indirect sunlight and lots of it. 15 comments: laurie August 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM. My trees have a faint cat urine smell, was about ready to eliminate some local cats until I realized it was coming from my trees. Al, Old post, I know: but maybe it will help someone or kindle interest. Mark unread; Skip to new; Mark unread Print Skip to new. When I got a female kitten 11 years ago, I didn't bother having her "fixed" because she was going to say inside, and I thought only males sprayed. Reactions: Hannah1966. do the darker brown spots look like some sort of fungus? Fake: How to Choose the Right Christmas Tree, How to protect young fig tree in winter, zone 7A. chambabysitter1 New Member . 13 years ago. Try this: https://www.gardenweb.com/discussions/5185228/pruning-basics-q-and-a-format#n=70 Branches are numbered by order. Pine trees produce scent from essential oils in the resin. I bought some super thrive wiped it's leaves and gave it some to drink. I'm pretty tight fisted with money, but soon decided the vet bill would be money well spent. The only trouble the only ones he knew the name of were BT which I have plenty. 5 Answers. If You Have Room for Only One Fruit Tree ... Real vs. Indoor Ficus Tree Plant Care. Lucky for me I was only renting at the time, was able to move out and leave that smell behind. Following that, I would start using a 'tell', to 'tell' you when it's time to water. From this, we can see that terrestrial plants need air (oxygen) in the soil to drive root function. :(. It creates another problem that requires resolution. Posted by Anita Rowe Stafford at 5:30 AM. The trees can reach 50 feet in height but are more commonly kept to 30 feet. While ficus trees are relatively easy to grow, they do have some special needs you'll need to look out for. If you do that after the plant’s growing season is over, the future new plants may not grow roots and just die. Q. what strength solution? Oh I live in the Nashville Tn. I just want to know how to eliminate the leafless branch parts of my weeping fig. I like the tree for the pretty shaped leaves but don't care much for figs so the birds & dogs eat them! Everyday when i go outside i can smell it near my figs. It has a grove of wild figs along the way. I was bringing back 1800 pounds of Guittard's chocolate from Burlingame, CA to the NorthWest in a regular passenger type van. CleaTheChameleon New Member. If your tree suffers from root congestion, it's habit is to lose interior leaves (those close to the trunk) and resist back-budding. The model in front is holding a fig and says, "Somewhere between hours and hours of care and cursing the bird who ate your fruit lies obsession. ALL the other branches, unless you pinch or prune them, are still intact, with an apical meristem to produce auxin that suppresses lateral growth. Just something you learn to live with so that we can enjoy their fruits. I tend to doubt the loss of turgidity is due to under-watering, reason being if the soil is dry enough for 1/2 of the plant to wilt, it's dry enough that the other half would also wilt. Did you wrap your in ground fig tree for the winter? If you can detect moisture in the soil and the plant is wilting, it's some cause other than under-watering, and there aren't many things it CAN be. But after several hundred miles, it gave me and my partner splitting headaches. The best time to prune hard is about 2 weeks before the summer solstice, for a number of reasons, the most important of which are A) The plant will be as healthy as it can be, within the confines of other culturally limiting factors (low light, poor soil, lack of fertility, over-watering, ....) B) it will be approaching the peak of it's ability to turn the sun's energy to food (the summer solstice on the northern hemisphere is June 21) C) You should always prune the lanky winter's growth from your trees every June, then regularly pinch until Sep or Oct, depending on geography, followed by letting the tree grow unimpeded by pruning for the winter. They are native throughout the tropics, including Asia, America, and Africa. Push the wooden tell deep into the soil. James, you should work on tv commercials. Anyway, a welcome, comforting smell, to me. This link will take you to the overview. Just something you learn to live with so that we can enjoy their fruits. If I witnessed any cat even trying to use one of my fig trees for a litter box it would soon become Opossum food! They seem to have a stronger scent as the weather gets hotter. Using a 'tell' Over-watering saps vitality and is one of the most common plant assassins, so learning to avoid it is worth the small effort. What is the source of the odor from fig trees? Inexpensive watering meters don't even measure moisture levels, they measure electrical conductivity. Ficus trees (Ficus benjamina) are one of the most common plants found adorning home interiors around the world, but this finicky species can cause many owners to wring their hands in frustration.While it is an easy to care for, attractive plant, it’s known to drop its leaves for seemingly no reason at all. Labels: Artificial plants, Cleaning, Organization. Yes, they have a scent, more so at certain times. They are a friendly group, always willing to help. Sometimes this is because of improper drainage, but it may also be a symptom of a plant that does not receive enough sunlight or ventilation. I found out differently. Plants need an ample amount of N to facilitate enthusiastic back-budding. He had three kinds of white figs. Fortunately, the smell cooks off. It is not a comforting scent to me at all. Coconut?? Email This BlogThis! Ficus trees are a popular houseplant that can be found in many homes, but the attractive and easy to care for ficus trees still have a frustrating habit of dropping leaves, seemingly without reason. One he liked, one that was all right, and one he did not like. I would flush the soil to eliminate any build-up of salts that might have occurred intentionally (from fertilizer) or unintentionally (from dissolved solids in tapwater. There was a discussion last year on the forum with several opinions regarding this. Functioning roots need energy to drive their metabolic processes, and in order to get it, they use oxygen to burn (oxidize) their food. Fake: How to Choose the Right Christmas Tree. I was excited about meeting him and hoping to get some cuttings this fall. What were you fertilizing with? Grown outdoors, the fiddle fig can grow up to 15m in height, whilst indoors it can reach heights of around 3m. Be sure to bring it indoors again once temperatures get colder, though. Rubber trees and weeping figs are appreciated as houseplants for their year-round deep green foliage. Our only job as a grower is to identify sources of stress and then eliminate the source to the greatest degree possible, which ensures the tree is healthy at all times and able to easily tolerate heavy pruning and the rootwork required to maintain trees at a high level of vitality. I hope he had a good deposit from you! A. Ficus trees are low-maintenance plants, but they are not immune to problems. You can grow these trees outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 or 10 through 11, depending on the species. All are attractive in their own way, but I just love the open braided version. Glad to read above comments re it's the tree but not ALL the leaves smell. Jul 12, 2009 #3 leopardboy193 said: I am getting a … The Conditions to Grow Ficus Trees. No comparison for me. Auxin is the suppressor of lateral (side) branching. I wonder what smelly fig variety is discussed here, an answere would be helpful... My Petit Negri has a definite figgy odor. Your plant's leaves are endowed with an extracellular cuticle that covers leaf surfaces and is composed of an insoluble polymer (cutin) and soluble cuticular lipids (wax), which work in concert to form a particularly effective barrier to transpirational water loss. Late spring, as in around the Summer Solstice (Jun 21) or Father's Day benchmarks are the best time to repot if you live in the N Hemisphere; this, because the tree';s energy reserves and it's ability to make food (carry on photosynthesis, are both peaking. Most of the popular practices link the Ficus tree back to one of its native lands, Asia. I went to visit a man in town that has several fig trees. You have quite an imagination for it.Not all the fig trees has the aroma. Here is a link that might be useful: absolutes and concretes. The reason: you removed the (primary) source of auxin for that branch only. Read also: how to grow rubber; Ficus microcarpa, the easy bonsai. One of the most reliable methods of checking a planting's need for water is using a 'tell'. Thank you to those that mentioned that cat urine! Do some research to determine which you like best. The scent of the needles is fresh and clean, and if you have nearby trees, the needles are free and relatively easy to gather and spread. I like the smell of my fig trees. What shall I do with my fiddle leaf fig tree? Transporting the tree outdoors will help remove the dust from the home. Ficus Benjamina, like ficus lyrata, loves lots of bright, indirect sunlight. The odor increases on hot days and when the sun shines on the plant.I also have an Italian Golden Honey which doesn't seem to have an odor. I don't like the smell of cat pee! The warmer the wheather, the stronger.The variety was sold to me as 'Nero', does that ring any bells? Same goes for any other critter, 2 or 4 legged. Finally, ficus trees do best when the temperature is at least 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and they really thrive in weather that’s 70 degrees or above. Opossums make nice little garbage disposals and have never had a problem with them in the garden unlike other pests. Hello, I live in florida and these trees can be found growing in almost everyone's yard at some level of growth and development. I find that the panache is the most fragrant of the varieties that I have. I do not find it objectionable. I'm glad to know that critters aren't causing this odor and will have to put up with it, as the delicious fruit is well worth it in the end. Unlike the common fig (Ficus Carica), the fruit that the bears, when grown outdoors, are not edible. Light. Keep in mind that how enthusiastic the response is depends on how healthy the tree is and WHEN you do the work. Fingers stuck an inch or two into the soil work ok for shallow pots, but not for deep pots. These have a single stem and bushy top growth—perfect for creating a more classic-shaped indoor tree. They definitely have an odor, but it doesn't bring cat urine to mind for me. Maybe the cats will protect my figs from the tree rats and birds. Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest. I figure that they were Panachee. Closely related to the common Fig tree, this non-native tree gained popularity because of its multi-season interest as an evergreen tree with versatile uses. just reading this thread as one side of my fig tree [on the deck ] smells like cat uring and is awful!!! My recently bought figtree also smells of catpiss! It smells nice! The best time to prune hard is about 2 weeks before the summer solstice, for a number of reasons, the most important of which are A) The plant will be as healthy as it can be, within the confines of other culturally limiting factors (low light, poor soil, lack of fertility, over-watering, ....) B) it will be approaching the peak of it's ability to turn the sun's energy to food (the summer solstice on the northern hemisphere is June 21) C) You should always prune the lanky winter's growth from your trees every June, then regularly pinch until Sep or Oct, depending on geography, followed by letting the tree grow unimpeded by pruning for the winter. 1 decade ago. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering growing a ficus tree as a houseplant. All this strong odor talk reminds me of a chocolate story. Proper nutrition is also important. SOLVED: A ficus or what?! Being able to distinguish those who hate the smell of the figs & those who adore it...must be a genetic thing! Al. I've stuffed my Honda Element with 60+ potted figs before, smelled just like my dear kitty's "Eau de Chat en chaleur". Most ficus trees consist of a woody stem with plastic branches. Our fig tree is right next to our back porch. It is the TREE. Also called Ficus ginseng, microcarpa is actually a winding aerial root on which leaves grow directly. sandrem Washington, DC(Zone 8a) Aug 01, 2008. Always smells a bit like cat urine to me. !More reminiscent of fresh coconut to me - or maybe it just smells like...fig. This he gladly offered without me asking. I have invited people over to my house to find out what the deal was and where my cats were peeing. How Much Light to Give . Leave it a few seconds, then withdraw it and inspect the tip for moisture. Over-watering causes the same drought response that under-watering causes; this, because excess water = a lack of sufficient oxygen to drive root function. Let's say you have a long branch or trunk with foliage concentrated near the branch/trunk end(s). Ficuses are some of the longest-living plants, and a fiddle leaf fig is a ficus lyrata. What I've noticed is that while the plants are actively growing they do have a smell that's reminiscent of urine. I try to let the fig tree dry out between watering. The gardeners there can provide answers to many plant-specific questions. I've gone on to add 10 or so other varieties mostly to fill the backyard with the fig leaf scent. Watch Reply. my hubby though might be watering when i not around. Ficus trees (Ficus spp.) My black currants do smell like cat pee. Have had a fig tree/bush growing outdoors in the ground here in Albuquerque for years (@ 5280 ft. elevation & gets to minus 10 or so at times in winter) but have never noticed any odor from it ... perhaps because it is growing outdoors?! My ficus trees now look clean and fresh with far less effort than it previously took to clean them. Recently ran into this website that give major hints about how "absolutes" and "concretes" are made! I think the smell is heavenly. Try this: https://www.gardenweb.com/discussions/5185228/pruning-basics-q-and-a-format#n=70 Branches are numbered by order. Fungi can lie dormant in your soil for a long time, and … What shall I do with my fiddle leaf fig tree? Step 2 Take your ficus tree outdoors and shake it to remove loose dust particles from the leaves. When I smell the leaves, brings back memories of my childhood. The little specimens you see in pots aren’t all there is to ficus though. Fiddle-leaf fig trees are the “it” houseplant that refuses to go away. Please help freeme!!! view our sponsors. Help me revive (and bush-ify) our leggy fiddle & rubber plant. No way! Once those leaves start to mature, you can pinch/prune back to the most proximal (closest to the trunk) leaf, and the same back-budding will occur proximal to the leaf you left at the second pruning. What is a good potting mix for Fig Cuttings. see http://figs4fun.com/fvar-M-P.html#NERO, Fig trees can't smell... they don't have noses ;). This Christmas tree breakdown can help, Sturdy and easy to care for, these trees offer bright fruit through winter — and keeping them in bounds is no sweat, Bar and Counter Stools With Free Shipping, See How Fiddleleaf Fig Trees Can Liven Up Your Decor, Simple Pleasures: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, Play Up Some Fiddleleaf Figs for a Lively Indoor Tune, How to Grow 10 Favorite Fruit Trees at Home, Arbor Day Applause: Iconic Los Angeles Trees. Once spring comes, and your creeping fig starts growing new leaves, you can cut off some stem tips and place them in a sterile mix for propagation. Sorry to get off topic.I too am not bothered by the odor of my trees except when they break dormancy early and I have to bring them out of the basement and into our sun room, can get a little strong in an enclosed area.Woody. The smell will not keep me from growing figs. Since I am new to this fig growing, I was wondering if other people noticed that figs smell? In essence, the plant dies of thirst in a sea of plenty. I don't know, but you might want to try the Gardenweb forums, which are now a part of Houzz, but have not yet been fully integrated into the Houzz app, etc., for some reason. the sap is found just under the bark of the tree. As well as being popular for both fruit and ornamentation these plants show enormous diversity and some unique biological features. when I used to go through the fields in the heat of the day, picking the ripe figs from huge trees. You’ll see ficus trees at just about any garden center, because they’re commonly grown as houseplants. They came close to being endangered.Guess I will have to put up with it to enjoy the fruits to come. Your poor landlord .. 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