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Ginseng Bonsai

Always heard that bonsai trees are hard and difficult to grow, try your hand with a ginseng miniature tree. It’s unique looking, with aerial roots, and is considered to be very forgiving for beginners. Growing ginseng ficus as a bonsai tree is a great idea for a beginner.
Ginseng ficus (Ficus retusa) is belongs to the large group of fig trees. Native to southeast Asia, also called banyan fig, Taiwan ficus, and laurel fig has a striking appearance because it grows thick roots that stay exposed above the surface of the ground and resembles a small tree standing on legs.

The plant including the container is approximately 18" to 22" high, 12" to 15" wide and 8" deep and averages approximately 3-5 years in age.

Care Hints:

Ginseng ficus bonsai care is minimal, making this a perfect choice for a beginner. Ginseng grows in warm, moist climates, place it somewhere that won’t get too cold and out of any drafts that could suck moisture from its leaves. Make sure it will get a lot of indirect light and avoid a spot with direct, bright light. Your little ginseng ficus will grow well indoors with warmth and light, Set it outdoors in the summer months in a spot that is bright with indirect sunlight, unless you live in an arid climate, in which case the air will be too dry.  Keep soil moderately moist throughout the summer and back off a little in the winter. To make the air more humid, set the tree on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Just make sure the roots aren’t sitting in water. The art of bonsai is to trim and shape the tree with your own aesthetic in mind, it is recommended to take off two to three leaves for every six new leaves that grow and develop. Always leave two or three leaves on a branch at least. Bonsai draw on very little soil, so it is necessary to replenish their nutrients occasionally. Any multi-purpose liquid fertilizer available at your friendly local nursery or garden center should be adequate. For Bonsai, dilute the mixture by fifty percent with water before applying monthly.

 

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