Ficus pumila (syn. F. stipulata)

Creeping Fig occurs as undergrowth in the forests of eastern Asia and Australia. It is a climbing plant which, when grown in a greenhouse or conservatory, may cover windows, walls and even neighbouring plants. It is very attractive on the walls of conservatories or in hanging containers. It is readily identified by the small leaves, which are only 2-3 cm long, 2 cm (1 inch) wide, and crowded on the stem. It requires frequent misting in hot dry conditions to prevent leaf drop. It can be readily propagated by stem cuttings, about 15 of which are put in a 10 cm (4 in) pot filled with a mixture of peat and sand. See F. elastica for other cultivation requirements.

Ficus benjamina ‘Hawai’

Weeping Fig , a species native to India, has become a great hit in recent years. It is most decorative, with its slender, drooping branches and small, long-pointed, leathery leaves, less than 10 cm (4 in) in length. The cultivar ‘Hawai’ has spotted leaves. Globose fruits, that you would seek in vain on F. elastica for instance, often appear, even on young plants. This ficus is well suited for hydroponic cultivation. It is propagated by stem tip cuttings. See F. elastica for cultivation requirements.

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’

Mother-in-law’s Tongue . This plant can be grown with suc cess in a shallow dish and in rather dry conditions. It should be watered only after the compost in the dish has dried out. The leaves of this plant are edged golden-yellow. To produce off spring with the same golden-edged leaves, propagate only by di vision of the clumps of older plants, not by leaf cuttings; plants grown from cuttings produce green instead of variegated leaves. The inflorescence is shorter than the leaves and composed of fragrant yellowish flowers. The species S. cylindrica, which has tube-like leaves with joined margins, is also interesting, but it is grown only occasionally.

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