Ficus Bonsai Tree Care & Description
Ficus Bonsai Trees are worldwide favorites and one of the most popular choices for indoor bonsai from our online nursery. They are sometimes referred to as the Chinese Banyan or Common Fig Tree and the tree itself is native to the warm Southwest region of Asia. They are known to be virtually care free have the ability to tolerate indoor conditions of low light and humidity.
Ficus Bonsai Trees are often successfully grown indoors near a sunny window, but can also be kept outside for the entire year in warmer climates. They prefer direct sunlight, but the harsh afternoon sun has been known to sometimes “burn” the tree’s delicate leaves. They do not like the cold, so be sure to protect your bonsai from frost and make gradual changes when moving. Remember to check out our full selection of wholesale bonsai trees for sale after you have read up on the Ficus Bonsai Tree.
Watering & Misting:
Ficus Bonsai Trees need to be watered regularly. The common rule is – the more light, the more water, especially during growing season. So if your ficus is kept in a very sunny location, expect the soil to dry out faster and therefore need more water. Test the moisture level of the soil before watering with your fingers, and be sure to keep the soil from completely drying out before the next watering.
Misting the leaves of your Ficus will create a humid environment that can help keep it green and healthy. We recommend that you mist the leaves regularly for this reason and keep it away from air vents, which could “suck” the moisture out of the air around the tree. However, even if these extra care steps are not taken, Ficus Bonsai Trees still tend to be resilient.
We recommend that you fertilize your Ficus with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season. They usually respond very well to the additional nutrients and you can expect to grow and vigor to appear rapidly.
Trimming & Wiring:
Ficus Trees are very fast growers if they are proper cared for. Obviously, you are free to trim and prune your tree as much or as little as you like, but if you do not trim your ficus at all, it will certainly begin to look like a bush instead of a bonsai. Shape the tree to your own desires and remember that it will bleed white sap when cut, which serves as an excellent sealant to help heal the tree’s wound. If you choose to wire your tree, use the thinnest wire available that will do the job of holding the branch in its future position. If you would like more tips about the proper technique for wiring a bonsai, please see our blog post about wiring.
We recommend that you repot your Ficus bonsai in the Spring every two years. Cut away some of the root ball and replace the soil with a basic soil mix. Once you are done with the process, place the tree in a slightly shady location for several weeks to allow for new root growth before being placed in the full sun.
There are several pests that can “bug” your bonsai tree, such as Scales, Mites, or Mealy Bugs. If seen, use an insecticide that is tolerated by Ficus, as not all insecticides are suitable to use. But always remember, keeping your tree healthy in the first place is the best way to ensure it will remain healthy and pest free in the long run.
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