Ginseng Ficus

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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 Know 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 Know 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 Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 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 Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 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 Know 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 Know 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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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Ginseng Ficus Show Reviews

  • 5
    adds a touch of nature to any room

    Posted by Diane Duff on Jun 14, 2023

    It adds a touch of nature and sophistication to my space