Malayan Banyan or Taiwan banyan is a tropical tree is native to China, some countries in the Indian Sub-Continent, New Guinea and Australia. The plant is widely grown as a houseplant.
The plant is easy to care for. Make sure to not grow it beside any structures because the roots are invasive.
The plant can grow in low-lit areas but for better growth plant them in brightly lit areas where it will receive some sun each day. You can provide it with artificial light if growing indoors.
The leaves are round to oval in shape, slightly glossy on one side and have a leathery texture. The flowers are orange in colour and bloom around early summer. It occasionally also bears fruits. The plant can easily be pruned to specific shapes.
Allow the soil surface to dry out before watering but don't let it dry out completely. The plant prefers a moderately moist soil. Waterlogged situations are not preferable.
The plant does not have specific soil preferences. It can grow fairly well in all soil types given the soil is well-drained.
Gravel can be added to sandy soil and organic material to the clayey soil to make them more preferable. A layer of mulch will help keep the soil moist and warm at all times.
It can reach a height of 15m to 20m.
The plant is not a big feeder and does not require fertilizers once it's mature. In early growing stage feed it with a balanced liquid fertilizer once a week or two weeks.
The plant usually remains pest free but occasionally it can get infested with scale insects, thrips or mealy bugs. Spray the tree with water or soap solution. Follow with organic pesticides if the problem persists.
It is a good addition of green to your house or garden. Oils and ointments prepared using the leaves and bark of the plant offer protection from sunburn and are used in healing skin disorders and wounds. An infusion made out of the plant is used to treat diarrhoea.