|Ficus Religiosa Bodhi Tree|
The Bodhi Tree, (Other Names: Bo tree, Sacred Fig, Bodhi tree, pipal, peepul, Bo-tree fig)
, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism later known as Gautama Buddha, is said to have achieved enlightenment, or Bodhi.
In religious iconography, the Bodhi tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed.
The term "Bodhi Tree" is also widely applied to currently existing trees, particularly the Sacred Fig growing at the Mahabodhi Temple, which is a direct descendant planted in 288 BC from the original specimen.
This tree is a frequent destination for pilgrims, being the most important of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Other holy Bodhi trees which have a great significance in the history of Buddhism are the Anandabodhi tree in Sravasti and the Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
Both are believed to have been propagated from the original Bodhi tree.
Grow Ficus religiosa L. from seed
Sunlight: Prefer full sunlight.
Temperature: Prefer high temperature. Suitable temperature for growth: 20~32 degrees centigrade. Lowest temperature to sustain over winter is 10 degrees centigrade. Living under too low temperature will result in rotting of the root.
Watering: Prefer high humidity, while proper drainage is required. Seedling requires sufficient watering. Water until all soil is wet and some extra water releases from the bottom of pot. Living under water continuously will result in rotting of the root.
Wind: Bodhi Tree's root is shallow. Therefore, it is often blew down by strong wind such as typhoon. It is essential to select a place on the lee side to grow a bodhi tree. Before the stem becomes thick enough, you should have a rod to hold the tree from leaning. If you put a bodhi tree in your balcony, better choose a place with less cold wind and more sun light.
Soil: It can grow on most soils, while it grows especially good in loam with organic components and good drainage. It does not grow as well in clay (too sticky soil). Although it grows under any PH, it grows the best in slightly acid soil (PH<7).
Timing: Spring and summer are good for cuttage when the temperature is high. Trim can be done in the winter.
Fertilization: Bodhi tree is very strong and doesn't need fertilizer to grow well if planted on the ground. To speed up the growth, you may use thoroughly decomposed fertilizer, putting into the soil while not too close to the main root. It is safer to use less fertilizer than more fertilizer, as plants do not die without fertilizer but can die when given too much fertilizer.