Ficus Bonsai

The Big Banyan Grown in a Pot Inside Your House

Ficus Bonsai is one of the most versatile and exotic bonsai species around. It is the preferred variety among beginners and seasoned pros for more reasons than one.

You ask why?

Because there are more than one members of this species that respond well to the bonsai culture. You don’t get to see the usual tantrums of exotic bonsai plants with this species which makes it easier for beginners to learn the tricks of the trade.

Ficus Bonsai Species Information

Ficus or Figs as they are commonly known as are mostly confined to the tropical belts around the world. Because of this reason they are tolerant to climatic conditions with poor humidity levels. The fact that Ficus plants have thick fleshy leaves speaks of their adaptability to dry climates. Good humidity level in the air however will accentuate the growth of ficus plant.

Some of the popular ficus varities are as follows

  • Port Jackson Fig
  • Weeping Fig
  • Chinese Banyan
  • Morton Bay Fig
  • Green Island Fig

Ficus Bonsai Care

Ficus will easily tolerate temperatures in the range of 15 to 30 degree centigrade. Continual exposure to temperatures beyond this range will cause ill health of the bonsai tree. These plants are very comfortable with direct sunlight and even though they are aptly suited for indoor bonsai they need proper light for healthy growth.

When you keep this bonsai plant indoors take care to ensure a moist ambience. One way of doing this is by using a gravel tray. Do not keep the plant in the drier region of the room.

Watering is another important aspect of ficus care. Don’t let the soil dry out completely at any point of time. Touch the soil with your fore finger to understand if the water content is too less. If you find the water level to be low then water the bonsai plant immediately.

Repotting is advised every two years. However if you observe vigorous growth during the first year itself and feel the need of repotting within the first year then feel free to go ahead and change the pot.

Once you are done with repotting water the bonsai plant thoroughly and confine it two shade for a couple of weeks. During this process the roots hold on to the new soil firmly and gets on its way to fresh and healthy growth.

Wiring works best with ficus and they almost adhere to any shape that you want to give them. Wiring during the growing season is very beneficial.

Ficus is one versatile species when it comes to deciding on a shape for it. However like any pro would do it have a shape in mind for your tree before you plant it.

So go ahead and try growing your ficus bonsai tree. Chances are you will get hooked onto to this gratifying hobby for greater accomplishments

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