Ficus Ginseng Bonsai Ficus Ginseng Bonsai - ficus microcarpa
The ficus ginseng originally only grew in parts of Asia. This Bonsai gets its name from its thick truck & roots that resemble the eastern herb ginseng. When grown outdoors it can reach 40feet high.
LIGHT- This plant loves bright indirect light. Placing it in a east window to get all that morning light would be ideal. If you have your bonsai where it gets evening or afternoon sun you may have to move it further away from the window on one of our hot Alberta days to prevent leaf burn.
WATER- Your bonsai will need water every 2-3 weeks or when the top 2" of soil become dry. This plant can handle the occasional over or underwatering but may loose a few leaves if the watering remains inconsistent. If you mist your plants you don't want to mist your bonsai too often as it can cause fungal problems.
PRUNING - Pruning a Bonsai can seem intimidating but it is not difficult. Remove any dead or dying leaves at any time. The rest is up to you & how you want your Bonsai to look! When pruning just make sure each branch has 2-3 leaves on it. Make sure you do prune it though to help promote new growth.
PROPAGATION - (we had to make propagation separate as it's a little more complicated then most plants) Save the branches you trim to propagate & grow a new Bonsai. You will need patients as it'll take years before you can train the trunk to grow as your mature plant does. You'll need to do is remove the bottom leaves & place in soil you keep evenly wet with good lighting. To help your success rate it's recommended to scrape off some of the bark from the bottom of the cut branch just enough so you can see the green underneath. Make sure your don't over water your new cutting. If the soil is still wet don't water. Now you wait!
TOXICITY - The leaves of this plant are toxic & can cause vomiting, diarrhea & stomach pain if ingested. Best to keep out of reach of our furry friends.