Natal Fig

Ficus Natalensis

Tree care instructions

This tree can be pruned into a beautiful small Bonsai tree, a smaller tree that is kept outside to grow into a small-yard friendly family tree or can be left to grow into a big 3m+ tree. The choice is yours.

All the materials in the box (including the composting process) are eco-friendly and biodegradable. The “plastic” packets are compostable too.

How to plant and care for your Pet-Tree

  1. Carefully remove the lid from the biodegradable pot.
  2. Select one growing block and create a small hole in the soil mix. (We recommend that you only use 1 growing block at a time and keep the other as a back-up, just in case.) (This species seeds are small, so take care handling the blocks.)
  3. Create a 5cm hole in the soil mixture. Place the growing block in the hole and pour slightly cooled boiling water over growing block. (The warm water will help your seed to germinate.)
  4. The block will swell and fill the 5cm hole.
  5. Cover the swollen block with soil mix, ensuring it is level with the surrounding soil mix.
  6. Gently press the soil mixture and the growing block to secure them in place.
  7. Moisten the remaining soil mix with approximately 25ml of water, being careful not to overwater.
  8. Slightly compress the moist soil mixture again, ensuring the swollen growing block is still visible and level with the soil surface.
  9. Find a nice, sunny spot for your Pet-Tree to thrive and place it there.
  10. Spray the top layer of the soil with water every day to ensure that it stays moist. The soil should not be too wet. No plant food or fertiliser should be added as the compost mix is rich enough in minerals to feed the seed and later the tree.
  11. When the tree is in its active growing stage (when it is around 12 cm long), you can tuck your Pet-Tree into its new bed (either in your garden or in a pot, or planter, of your choice). Be sure that the soil is well drained. These trees do not like water logged soils. A full-sun spot would be perfect for your Pet-Tree. The best time of year to do this will be from January to March or October to December. This species is a fast grower and can tolerate clay soils.
  12. You take the tree as is (in its current biodegradable bed) tuck it into a nice snug soil bed and cover it. Tuck the tree in deep enough so that its current pot is entirely covered. Top it off with a blanket of compost. This would be the stage where you decide whether you would like to have your Pet-Tree as a bonsai tree or a tree in the garden, as it is easier to “train” and “teach” the tree when it is still young.
  13. If you decide to grow your Pet-Tree in the garden. You can leave it to grow. Remember to give it just enough water and lots of love while you watch it grow. If you decide to grow your Pet-Tree as a bonsai tree instead, start pruning in it and shaping it. Bonsai trees are a lot of work, so it is good to remember that you will have to give your Pet-Tree extra love and attention if you opt for the bonsai option.

Tips & Tricks

  • Do not expose the seeds to direct sunlight
  • Seeds normally germinate readily at 6 to 8 weeks of being planted
  • Do not overwater
  • Just like pets, these plants enjoy basking in sunlight
  • Following these steps will help your plant grow successfully!
  • Non-edible fruits

We trust that you will enjoy this new journey of watching new life emerge from the soil. If you have any questions or need assistance with your Pet-Tree at any point, please do not hesitate to contact us a the office.