Rubber ficus plants can be planted indoors in pots or outdoors along your walkways and driveways, reaching a height of 2- 3 metres tall. It prefers full sunlight and should be planted in well-aerated soil compost. It should be irrigated when the soil is dry to touch. This attractive ornamental produces broad, shiny oval-shaped leaves and requires little maintenance. Once the plant has grown to a desired height, you can trim the top. Rubber ficus produces a milky white latex similar to the commercially grown rubber tree. This latex is quite toxic to humans and animals.
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Ficus elastica robusta
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Sorrel is native to West Africa, but is also found in India where it is locally called Chukai. The young shoots and leaves are eaten either raw or as a cooked vegetable while the swollen calyces of the flowers are used in the preparation of beverages, preserves and jellies. Bast fibre can also be collected from the stem and utilized to make rope, yarn and/or textiles.
Pumpkin is a very versatile as all parts of the plant can be utilized for food. The fruit is used both fresh and processed. It can be baked, steam, boiled and processed into a powder for use in drinks and soups. The leaves and flowers are cooked and eaten and even the seeds are roasted and consumed. Pumpkins constitute a good source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B and C.