Gardening

Ficus ginseng: pretty little bonsai


Ficus ginseng is a stunning houseplant popular for its root trunk and decorative foliage.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Ficus microcarpa
Family : Moraceae
Type : Houseplant

Height
: 40 cm to 1 m depending on the desired height
Ground : Green plant soil, well drained
Interview : Easy

Exposure : Bright -Foliage : Persistent -Watering : Moderate

The leaves develop on the large root, forming one of the most beautiful effects.

Easy to maintain, here's how to water it, prune it or even the right repotting period.

Caring for ficus ginseng

Easy to maintain, ficus ginseng nonetheless requires some care to give it every chance of a long life and in good conditions.

  • The ficus ginseng appreciates the indoor temperature of your house or apartment, ideally between 15 and 25 °.
  • He likes to have a good light but no direct sun
  • He dreads drafts
  • Ficus ginseng does not like to be faced with a sudden temperature shock.
  • A repotting every 2 years in spring is almost necessary.

Watering ficus ginseng

The ficus ginseng has no no need for excessive watering neither too regular ...

  • Water the ficus only when the soil is dry on the surface
  • In summer it is often necessary to water a little more, especially if you set it outdoors.
  • The ficus ginseng is afraid of stagnant water

Your ficus ginseng will appreciate a regular leaf cleaning with a damp cloth or wipe.

The ficus ginseng appreciates theambient humidity.

  • You can regularly mist the foliage with soft water, especially in winter
  • You can also place the pot on a bed of clay balls filled with water without letting the bottom of the pot touch with the water

Pruning ficus ginseng

If you consider ficus ginseng to be a bonsai tree and want to keep its small size and shape, it should be pruned regularly.

Prune the young shoots as you go along to keep it its original shape or the shape you want it to be.

  • By regularly pruning the ficus ginseng, it allows it to branch out.
  • Prune the shoots from winter to spring and, outside, pinch the young shoots as they go.
  • This will make it possible to have a more beautiful and dense foliage.

Diseases of ficus ginseng

Ficus ginseng losing its leaves:

It could simply be that your ficus ginseng is overwatered, lacks room humidity, or light, or is in a draft.

  • Make sure you only water when the soil is dry
  • Mist the foliage
  • Make sure that its location follows the advice given above.

Leaves of ficus ginseng that turn yellow or stain:

It is often the result of a red spider attack.

  • It will then be sufficient to treat with a biological miticide sold in garden center.
  • Find our sheet dedicated to fight against red spiders

Whitish clump and sticky down on the leaves:

This is usually the result of mealybugs to which ficus ginseng is very sensitive, especially indoors.

  • Find out how fight against cochineal in the ficus ginseng.

To know about the ficus ginseng

Native to Asia, the ficus Ginseng is cultivated in our latitudes as a houseplant, usually as bonsai.

Its small size and large trunk make it a very decorative plant, ideal for contemporary decorations.

The word Ginseng means root in Chinese, due to its superb aerial root, but we also appreciate it for its shiny leaves green in color.

Easy to grow and maintain, we call it elsewhere beginners bonsai. Able to live for many years, it usually only requires proper watering to last.

Do not confuse the ficus ginseng with thePanax ginseng,plant used for its health benefits and virtues

Smart tip

The ficus ginseng will appreciate spending the winter in a slightly cooler place, ideally around 15 °.


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Photo credit: alessandrofara83

Video: My Ficus microcarpa for our Bonsai Show, The Bonsai Zone, Aug 2019 (October 2020).