Ginseng is a suitable plant to begin the bonsai activity. To begin with, you can choose the ginseng ficus or commonly known as Banyan Fig, Taiwan Ficus, or Indian Laurel Fig.
Many people consider that ginseng ficus is suitable for the first-timer bonsai lover due to the easy growth, care and very tolerant. The characteristic of ginseng ficus is strong roots and stem, and dark green oval leaves.
You can identify the leaves have more oval shape than Ficus Benjamina.
However, the ginseng ficus is not the ginseng for medicine; it is kinds of fig. you will be surprised not only by the artistic look once it grows but also it needs very little care.
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Ficus ginseng bonsai Care
Are you a beginner bonsai lover? No need to worry, you can start with Ficus Ginseng bonsai which require very little care. There are few tips for you to start grow ficus ginseng bonsai.
The ficus bonsai tree likes humid and warm environment.
Even though it also can grow in a cool area, still the warmer the better for it.
For more humidity, you can place a dish of water beside the pot. This method works best during winter due to the effect of modern heating.
This bonsai requires normal water normally whenever the soil gets dry.
When the temperature is getting hot, you should give more water to keep the soil moistness. The ginseng ficus can tolerate overwatering for once in a while.
However, do not constantly overwater the bonsai since it can trigger fungal problems. During winter, water the bonsai to keep the soil moist only.
During spring and summer, you can place the bonsai outdoors, while in the indoor area it can also grow under high light. The ginseng ficus likes lots of sunlight for about six hours a day or more. Even though, ficus ginseng bonsai likes sunlight, do not place in direct sunlight since it can make the color changes to the leaves.
Similar to other bonsai, fertilizing is important to provide them the sufficient nutrition.
If you intend to fertilize, make sure to do it during the growth season or spring.
You can fertilize only when the bonsai in healthy condition. Avoid fertilizing the ficus ginseng bonsai during winter.
Pruning for ginseng ficus bonsai depends on the bonsai shape and size. The standard rule for pruning ficus ginseng bonsai is for every six new grown leaves, three old leaves should be removed. However, this is not an exact rule and mostly depends on your bonsai condition and your preferences.
Ginseng ficus bonsai is considered a slow grower plants, therefore, you just need to repot once in a year or three years. Repotting depends on the bonsai condition and the growth speed. Each bonsai can have different growth speed and condition.
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Ginseng ficus bonsai can be a perfect gift for your special people since it requires low maintenance. This cute and artistic bonsai can also be a good choice to brighten up your room or office.