Ficus Religiosa (Bodhi / Bo tree) Seeds


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Ficus Religiosa, literally meaning sacred fig, is an important Hindu and Buddhist symbol that grows in a wide part of south Asia, including both China and India. It is also known by several other names including the Bo tree, bodhi or peepal. Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, is believed to have been sitting under a sacred fig tree when he was enlightened to become the Buddha (bodhi). It also one of the oldest living species on earth with one specimen dating back to 288 b.c. It can reportedly reach heights of almost 100 feet with a trunk diameter of 9 feet and a large canopy above. Indoors it can be grown as a bonsai just like its cousin ficus benghalensis.

Growing Information: These seeds are dormant, so germination will be stubborn and irregular by nature. Soak the seeds for 24 hours, then place in the fridge for 1-2 months. The seeds should be scattered on the surface of your potting mixture.  Keep them damp and provide filtered sunlight at about 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The seeds need light to germinate, so do not cover them. Seeds may take more than one season to germinate.

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