- 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
|Growth Rate: Slow
|Mature Height: 16-40 inches
|Mature Spread: 12 inches
|Flower Color(s): None
|Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
|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
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.
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