Growing Banyan Trees In The Yard
The Banyan tree is one of the most magical trees, not only in the way its aerial roots create an astounding structure, but also in the properties that each and every part of the tree holds. On average, these trees have high moisture needs; however, established trees are drought tolerant. They enjoy sun to partial shade as well. Banyan trees are easily damaged by frost and are, therefore, best grown in warmer climates such as those found in USDA plant hardiness zones 10-12. Growing a banyan tree requires a lot of space, as mature trees become quite large. This tree should not be planted near foundations, driveways, streets or even your home, as its canopy alone can spread quite far. In fact, a banyan tree can get up to about 100 feet tall and spread over several acres. The leaves of banyan trees can reach anywhere from 5-10 inches in size. One of the largest banyan trees on record is in Calcutta, India. Its canopy covers 420 meters and stands over 80 feet tall, with more than 2,000 roots.
Banyan trees can be propagated from softwood cuttings or seeds. Cuttings can be taken from the tips and rooted or by eye cuttings, which require a piece of stem about a half inch below and above a leaf. Insert cuttings into a suitable rooting medium, and within a couple of weeks, roots (or shoots) should begin to develop.