How to Plant a Bodhi Tree


The Bodhi tree, also known as the Buddha tree or Ficus religiosa, is a banyan fig tree that is native to India and Southeast Asia. Buddha received enlightenment under a Bodhi tree so they are considered sacred in both the Buddhist and Hindu religions. Bodhi trees are banyan figs, which mean they grow air roots while supporting themselves on other trees. These trees are native to tropical environments so you must live in a warm, mild climate to grow one.

Step 1

Work 4 to 5 inches of compost into the soil before you plant the Bodhi tree. This will increase the soil's acidity.

Step 2

Dig a hole as deep as the Bodhi tree's root ball and twice as wide.

Step 3

Place the tree in the hole and backfill the hole with soil.

Step 4

Water the soil for 5 to 10 minutes until the soil is moist. Water the Bodhi tree in a similar fashion once a week.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant a Bodhi tree near a building, wall or road. The roots are very invasive and can destroy man-made materials by growing over them.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Shovel


  • Science Stage: Group - Sacred fig
  • Wayne's World: Stranglers and Banyans Amazing Figs Of The Tropical Rain Forest
  • University of Taiwan: Cultivation of Bodhi Tree
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.