Utilizing Weeds as Plants of Economic Value

Utilizing Weeds as Plants of Economic Value

Weeds are plants that grow around cultivated plants whose growth is undesirable and generally detrimental because they can inhibit the growth of cultivated plants, resulting in a decrease in quantity and quality.

However, weeds can also be used for other purposes such as making traditional medicines, animal feed, ornamental plants, and even bonsai.

Many weeds have herbal properties, some of which are quite popular in the community, such as Kitolod and Anting-Anting. Meanwhile, weeds that are often used as ornamental plants are taro and ferns. Specifically for bonsai, there are only a few types of common weeds that are known to the public and can be used, one of which is Banyan of Figs.

Nuisance and destructive weeds such as banyan are very common in Jakarta, which is the center of the distribution of Ficus in Indonesia. Dozens of Ficus species live in Jakarta and hundreds of species in Indonesia, some of which are easy to find around us, such as:

 
Weeping Fig Tree Seeds Grow in the Wall
 

Did you know that banyan can germinate in various places where plants generally cannot grow?

That’s right! Banyan seeds can germinate in unexpected places, for example between walls, roofs, road sidewalks, bridges, and even on large tree trunks.

This is one of the advantages of banyans because they are easy to grow in various places and conditions, and they also have fast growth with aggressive aerial roots. However, the negative side of banyan is its destructive nature.

Banyan roots can destroy anything they entangle, including building foundations, road concrete, and even entangle and kill the host trees they grow into when they are still small.

 
Weeping Fig Roots Strangle Trees
 

Because of its destructive nature, the banyan is considered the number one nuisance weed, especially in urban areas or densely populated settlements.

On the other hand, banyans can be used as ornamental or bonsai tree which can be obtained for free around us.

To use weeds as ornamental plants, you can simply plant them in attractive pots to create an elegant impression, and the appearance of the banyan which was previously seen as a weed will be replaced with the appearance of an exotic ornamental plant.

 
Weeping Fig Ornamental Plant
 

Moreover, banyans can be placed indoors or outdoors.

If you plan to use banyan weed as a bonsai, the method is the same as above, you can choose a banyan with unique characteristics such as winding roots or twisted branches. You can find and relocate the banyan in various ways, such as pulling it out by the roots or cutting the stem. Banyan is a tough plant, easy to grow, and does not require special treatment to maintain. Banyans also don’t need fertilizer to be fertile, all they need is water, light, and wind.

 
Making a Bonsai From a Weeping Fig Tree
 

The process of forming banyan bonsai starts from their natural characteristics/shape. If you get a banyan with unique stems or roots, you can immediately enjoy it as a bonsai just by giving it a special bonsai pot. But, if you get seedlings with small, straight stems, you need to care for them and carry out the formation process for longer.

The process of forming a banyan to create the aesthetics of a large tree in nature takes a lot of time.

 
Weeping Fig Bonsai
 

It is not surprising that banyan bonsai with a special appearance have fantastic prices, this is because the care and formation process takes quite a long time.

So apart from being an ornamental plant, banyan can also be used as a bonsai which has high economic value.

Interested in using weeds as ornamental plants and bonsai?
 

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