Ficus retusa is one of the most commonly used trees for bonsai cultivation.
It differs from ficus benjamina thanks to its thicker leaves.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Ficus retusa
Family : Moraceae
Type : Houseplant, bonsai
Height: 40 cm to 80 cm
Ground : Green plant soil, well drained
Exposure : Light without direct sunlight
Foliage : Persistent
Watering : Moderate
Caring for ficus retusa
Ficus retusa, although easy to maintain, requires some care to develop in the best conditions.
- The ficus retusa particularly likes indoors when the temperature oscillates between 15 and 25 °
- As early as May, after all risk of frost, you can take your ficus retusa out to let it enjoy the outside air.
- He likes to have a good light but no direct sun
- He dreads drafts
- The ficus retusa is afraid of thermal shocks when the temperature drops sharply.
- A repotting every 2 years in spring is almost necessary.
Watering the ficus retusa
The ficus retusa has no need for excessive watering neither too regular ...
It is even important to let the soil dry out between two waterings.
- In summer it is often necessary to water a little more, especially if you set it outdoors.
- Ficus retusa dreads standing water so avoid saucers or make sure they stay dry.
The ficus retusa appreciates the ’ambient humidity.
- You can mist the foliage several times a week with soft water, especially in winter
- You can place the pot of your ficus retusa on a bed of clay balls filled with water without letting the bottom of the pot touch with the water
Finally, note that your ficus retusa will appreciate a regular leaf cleaning with a damp cloth or wipe.
Size of ficus retusa
Here are the tips for pruning your ficus retusa into bonsai.
Prune the young shoots as you go along to keep it its original shape or whatever shape you want it to be.
- Preferably prune in the spring on the shoots of the previous year.
- The ficus retusa is not afraid of pruning, even if it is severe.
- The leaves of ficus retusa can grow on old wood.
Diseases of ficus retusa
Ficus retusa is quite resistant to most diseases, fungi and parasites. However, a few problems may arise.
Your ficus retusa is losing its leaves:
Your ficus retusa may simply be getting overwatered, lacking room humidity, or lacking light.
Also note that a strong draft can cause the leaves to fall partially or completely.
- Make sure you only water when the soil is dry
- Regularly mist the foliage
Leaves of ficus retusa that turn yellow or stain:
It is often the result of a red spider attack.
- It will then suffice to treat with a biological miticide sold in garden center.
- Find our sheet dedicated to fight against the red spider
Whitish mass on leaves and / or branches which becomes sticky:
This is usually the result of mealybugs to which Ficus retusa is very sensitive, especially indoors.
- Find out how fight against cochineal in the ficus retusa.
To know about the ficus retusa
Ficus retusa is one of the few tree species that thrives both outdoors and indoors. This is also the reason that makes it one of the most common bonsai.
Its small size and large trunk make it a very decorative plant, ideal for contemporary decorations.
Like the ficus ginseng, it is easy to grow and maintain.
Smart tip about ficus retusa:
The Ficus retusa will appreciate spending the winter in a slightly cooler place, ideally around 15 °.
Read also :
- Caring for ficus benjamina
- Advice and maintenance of ficus ginseng
- Rubber, ficus elastica
- Plant and harvest figs of the ficus carica