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What do you think of when you think of a ficus tree? I am sure that it is not the ones pictured here.

You probably think of the small ones growing in apartments or even worse than that, an artificial ficus . Many years ago I was given two indoor ficus trees in planters. You know, the kind I just mentioned. The previous owner cautioned me that ficus trees did not like to be moved.

The instructions were clear, “once you find a good spot for them close to a window; do not move them”. The instructions were clear but I was more concerned in keeping them alive. My history with plants was limited and the survival rate for plants I owned or had owned was very low.

I placed them in two different locations by windows in my apartment. One did fine but the other one always struggled. Then they both started started dropping leaves. I asked a friend that knew more about plants that I did what I should do. She said they might be root bound. I was advised to take the trees out of their pots and trim back the roots, then add more soil and get larger pots. I followed the instructions. Again, one did fine and the other struggled.

Moved to a New Home

When I married my husband the two planters were moved to my new home. I placed them in the breezeway . In the breezeway, there was plenty of light. The two plants grew and were much healthier. 

Moved Again

When we opened a retail store and needed some greenery, I moved them to their new location. There they received plenty of light by the windows in the front of the building. Both grew to twice their size. They flourished in the new building reaching for the sky. The building had high ceilings and lots of room for them to grow. 

Ficus in their natural habitat

Since that time, my husband and I have traveled to several countries where we have seen ficus trees in their natural habitat. Many of the ficus trees we have seen had trunks the size of small automobiles!

The tree pictured above was taken on the island of Maui in Hawaii. It is several stories high but not as big as some others I have seen.

The second picture below is of one of the largest trees in the world also located Hawaii.  It is located in the historical district of Lahaina on Maui. It is a banyan tree which is part of the ficus family. It was brought from India and planted in 1873. It looks like more than one tree, but it is only one tree which is over 60 feet high and spans a whole block. As it expands it drops roots to support its ever growing branches. It is an awesome site!

You can find more information about this tree at: http://www.gohawaii.com/en/maui/regions-neighborhoods/west-maui/lahaina/maui-banyan-tree

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Why did the ficus trees in my apartment struggle? Why did they not like to be moved? Once I saw the giant ficus trees growing in their natural habitat; I understood why my ficus trees did not flourish.

God created ficus to take root and grow into huge massive trees. They were never meant to be confined to my small apartment. They wanted to grow and reach for the sky and spread.

Where has God planted you and where is He leading you to take root and reach for the sky!

God has created us to grow and bloom where we are planted and be not moved here and there with every whim. He wants us to take root and grow in Him. He wants us to dig deep roots in His Word and grow. He does not want us stuck sitting by a window looking out and wishing we could grow. I encourage take root in Him and reach high. See what Jeremiah 17:7-8 says in The Message Bible. 

“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
    the woman who sticks with God.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden,
    putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
    never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
    bearing fresh fruit every season.
Some reference sites for additional information on ficus: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ficus/
http://www.ficustree.com/category/varieties
Scripture Reference:  www.biblegateway.com