Ficus Bonsai Care for Beginners – Ultimate Guide {Updated 2018}

Ficus Bonsai Tree – Caring Instructions

Ficus bonsai tree grows naturally in Southwest Asia. Ficus is one of the most popular bonsai trees for indoor. It is an excellent tree for beginners and pros alike. Virtually care free; ficus bonsai tree can tolerate low light and humidity of a heated or air-conditioned house.

There are hundreds of species, most of them are tropical and evergreen. Most popular one for Bonsai is the Ficus Retusa. It is often shaped in an s-shape trunk with dark green leaves. Another variety like Microcarpa is quite similar to retusa ficus tree. Ficus Ginseng is another popular bonsai tree. It has a thick, pot-bellied trunk, similar to the Ginseng root. Sometimes it is grafted with Ficus microcarpa leaves and combining it to a ficus microcarpa ginseng.

Location :

Ficus Bonsai Tree is ideal for indoors bonsai but require a high light so choose a place close to a sunny window. Ficus bonsai can be kept outdoor during spring and summer. Direct morning sunlight is preferable to ficus Bonsai tree. Avoid a very shady position, it is unfavorable for ficus bonsai tree.

Watering :

Pay close attention to the soil of your Bonsai tree whenever you water. Don not let the soil dry out completly. Ficus bonsai tree should be watered normally. So water you bonsai tree when soil gets slightly dry. Water thoroughly and deeply, water should be applied until it begins running out of the holes in the bottom of your pot.

Fertilizing :

Fertilizer is very essential for good health of your Ficus bonsai tree. Bonsai tree grows in a small pot and less soil and the nutrients leave very quickly with the water. Ideally fertilize every one or two week during summer and two to four week during winter.

Pruning :

Ficus Bonsai tree is a very fast grower, trimming or pruning helps to keep your tree miniaure. Pinch and trim back the new growth to the farthest safe point, prune between a leaves joint to maintain its original shape. Few ficus bonsai tree grow large leaves so pruning also helps to reduce leaf size.

Repotting :

Ficus Bonsai Tree are very tolerant to root- puring. Repot your Ficus Tree during spring every two years. Use a basic soil mix. Ideally repot Ficus Bonsai Tree when their root system has filled the pot and you can remove the root/soil ball in one piece. Examine regularly and don’t allow your bonsai Tree to become pot-bound. After repotting, water thoroughly and place Ficus Bonsai tree in a shady location for several weeks so new roots can grow.

Wiring :

Ficus Bonsai tree branches are very flexible when they are thin to medium strong, so wiring them is easy. Check the wire regularly as they can cut into the bark very easily. Avoid wiring your ficus bonsai tree just after repotting.

Pests and Diseases:

Ficus Tree species are quite resistant against pests. Scale and spider mites are the most common insect that attacks. It is usually identified by brown or black bumps on the branches. Dry air and a lack of sun light weaken the Ficus Bonsai Tree and often result in leaf drop.

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