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  • Easy Care Bonsai
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 40 Inches

Ginseng Ficus is considered an easy plant for beginning Bonsai gardeners. The unusual root growth and slow top growth make it both a forgiving plant and amazingly beautiful. The roots grow to form gnarly and chunky trunks. Aerial roots form on the stems of the leaves and grow downward to give the plant a look of being supported on stilts. All of this growth is easily coaxed and sculpted into interesting natural forms.

Best Locations For Growing Ginseng Ficus

Ginseng Ficus requires very high humidity levels and the brightest light available. Kitchens and bathrooms are ideal, but a room with artificial grow lights and supplemental humidity also works. Ginseng Ficus can be grown outdoors in the summer with plenty of sunlight. 

Ginseng Ficus Sunlight Requirements

Bright light is necessary for Bonsai. There are very few leaves compared to the roots, and they need to photosynthesize as much light as possible to thrive. Grow lights are perfectly ok to use when light levels are low in the winter or if your home does not have a southern or southwestern exposure.

Ginseng Ficus Care

Repotting is only needed every 1-2 years and only if the roots have filled the pot. Use a potting mix formulated for Bonsai, or mix your own. Mix peat-free potting soil with fine orchid bark, lava rock, and akadama, which slowly releases moisture into the soil. Pruning and wire training of the branches are the cornerstones of the art of Bonsai and need to be done regularly. Ginseng Ficus will drop leaves like other varieties of Ficus in response to drafts, low humidity, and being moved.

Watering Ginseng Ficus

Water thoroughly when the top of the soil feels dry. Make sure that the container you use has enough drainage on the bottom. Misting with distilled water can be used daily to add moisture to the soil and humidity. Watering must be done more often when growing this Bonsai in a warm and humid environment. Regular dusting with a damp cloth helps the leaves stay clean, aiding in transpiration.

Feeding Ginseng Ficus

Bonsai do not get any nutrients from the soil they are growing in. Additional fertilizer is needed once a month, year-round. Apply a liquid, balanced houseplant feed once a month. Dilute the fertilizer to half the manufacturer's recommendation and apply during watering.

Ginseng Ficus Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Dwarf
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 16-40 inches
Mature Spread: 12 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: 60° - 75°F (16° - 24°C)
Humidity: Above Average to High (60% - 100%)
Common Name: Ginseng Ficus
Other Name(s): Pot-Bellied Ficus
Scientific Name: Ficus mirocarpa 'Ginseng'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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