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Ginseng Ficus Bonsai Tree <br><i>(Ficus Retusa)</i>

Ginseng Ficus Bonsai Tree
(Ficus Retusa)

Also known as Banyan Fig and Taiwan Ficus. The Retusa has small dark green leaves which alternate up the stem and which are more oval than the Benjamina. Grey to reddish bark dotted with small horizontal flecks, similar to tiger-like markings. All have heavy trunks with exposed aerial roots. Among the most tolerant, versatile and trouble-free bonsai trees for indoor use.
10 years old specimen
7" tall

Ginseng Ficus Bonsai Tree
(Ficus Retusa)


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The Ginseng Bonsai (sometimes known as the Ginseng Ficus Bonsai), is often identified by its seemingly bizarre root structure - as the stems leading up from the roots tend to do so in a tower like fashion. Adding to the fascination of the ginseng bonsai, is the fact that usually there is more than one stem - which creates a twisting, top heavy look when planted in a bonsai garden. However, despite their somewhat complex look, the ginseng bonsai is actually remarkably easy to look after. Many bonsai enthusiasts have noted that this particular variety of tree is one of the strongest, durable, and rewarding plants to take care of.


Being both a recommended Recommended Indoor Bonsai Trees and outdoor bonsai, a great deal of flexibility can be employed by the owner. Bonsai Soils Fertilizers is somewhat of an optional extra - as the plant can most certainly succeed without it.


Lighting. Being an indoor and outdoor plants, the ginseng bonsai is able to withstand fluctuations and variations in lighting. Whilst you will have no problem growing this tree inside, if it is exposed to natural sunlight - you will really see the potential that this plant has. Growing anywhere between 10 inches and 12 inches tall, the bonsai design will certainly make for a centerpiece wherever you put it. Click the following highlighted text for an array of Bonsai Display Tables and Bonsai Pots to complemet your surroundings.


Maintenance. Experts recommend that when your ginseng bonsai has grown 6 to 10 leaves, you should prune it back to around two or three. This is to enable further growth of the stems, to meet the bonsai's optimal height. When considering Bonsai Tools & Wire , it is highly recommended that you use a blunt pruning instrument, as the use of a sharp one that will lead to excessive bleeding when cuts are made. Watering should be done moderately, with more frequent watering in summer, and less frequent watering in winter. This will ensure that right amount of moisture reaches the bonsai's roots.


On the topic of watering, it should be said that the ginseng bonsai is particularly resilient to over and under watering. Unlike some other varieties of bonsai, it is quite difficult to drown or starve the plant. In saying this however, reporting should be done every 2 to 3 years to ensure that the roots do not grow them on themselves. Monitor the growth rate of your ginseng bonsai - as this will help you to get the timing right.


Specialty Bonsai Soils is not required for a ginseng bonsai - once again due to the resilience of the tree - however it would be preferable to get into the habit of using such soil regardless of which bonsai you are growing.


Suitability. The ginseng bonsai is definitely suitable for beginners and amateurs - and as a first tree. They are very easy to take care of, and are an excellent introduction to the world of bonsai gardening.


Ginseng Bonsai is a recommended beginner tree so we are happy to include it among our list of Bonsai For Kids ,




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