Ficus "Ginseng Bonsai"

Latin name

Ficus microcarpa “Ginseng Bonsai”

Pronounciation

(“FY-kus my-kro-CAR-pah”)

Common name

Ficus microcarpa

Origin

Ficus microcarpa grows wild in the tropics of South and East Asia and Queensland, and has been widely introduced in mild climate zones all around the world, including Southern Europe. The Ginseng Bonsai plants are produced in nurseries by grafting young foliage onto older wood

How easy is it care for?

Ficus Ginseng Bonsai, or Ficus microcarpa, is a large tropical evergreen tree that is often used in interior landscapes and also as a fine ornamental outdoor tree in tropical, sub-tropical and mediterranean climates (they can tolerate quite low temperatures). The largest specimen in a botanic garden is over 33m high and has a spread of 76m. Indoor plants are, however, much smaller. The Ginseng Bonsai form is produced as a small decorative indoor plant by grafting small shoots of foliage onto sections of roots and stems from mature trees (sometimes from a different Ficus species), to produce highly characterful plants resembling traditional bonsai trees. These could be in a gnarly, clumpy shape or more elegant curves and ‘S’ shapes, and they can be produced in a large variety of sizes. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant

Light

Medium-high to high light.

Watering

Soil should be kept moist, but not wet, and allowed to dry out a little between watering

Pruning

If some of the shoots get straggly, they can be lightly pruned, but do not attempt to prune the mature stems and do not cut back to the grafting point

Feeding

Dilute all-purpose fertilizer can be added to the water at every watering

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs and scale insects may be occasional problems. Mealybugs can be removed by cleaning with a damp cloth or paper towel. Larger clusters can be removed by trimming off the infested leaves. Scale insects can be removed by scraping them off with a blunt tool such as a wooden lolly stick.

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Mill Road,
Henham,
CM22 6AA

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