wednesday’s flowers – variegated ficus benjamina

January 11, 2012

So January is tropical plant month in the floral world, there is always a influx of tropicals in grocery stores, flower shops and even box stores at this time of the year. With all the cold weather it is nice to bring the tropics home, since can not all live on vacation to the sunny, warm south!

For this week’s flower post I stopped into a local Sobeys store and purchased a Ficus benjamina ‘Variegata’ plant in a 6″ pot for only $5.99. The goal was to buy actual flowers but I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the plant the price and the variety, so it had to come home with me.

The plant needed to be transplanted, so I chose a white square vase for its new home. Then I topped the soil with moss and added a few pods for interest and it was ready to live in our home. Now I just need to fine the perfect spot for it as Ficus benjamina do not like to be moved. They are the kind of plant that loves permanent home.

It is as easy as that and you are done!

There are a few things to consider if you are bringing new tropical plants into your home. Watch for bugs, it is very common for tropical plants to have spider mites and scale when purchased from box stores and grocery stores. Keep the new plant away from existing plants at first until there is no sign of insects. It is also a good idea to spray the new plant with a soapy water mix to kill off any bugs before the spread and create a big bug problem. Also, tropical plant to not like the cold, at all, so keep them warm when transporting from the store to home. Do not leave them in a cold car, bring them directly home!

With that being said, I sure hope you will consider a new tropical or two for your home.

If you are interested designing floral arrangements with fresh cut tropical flowers and foliage, the Living Fresh Flower School’s Tropical Paradise flower class is Sunday, February 5th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Click here to register.