Ginseng ficus bonsai plants are small plants with a leafy top and a willow-like root system that comes out of the ground. The leaves are green and have various-shaped leaves depending on the species. The leaves can be teardrop-shaped or evergreen needles. The ginseng ficus bonsai tree comes planted in a small container and requires regular care in order for the plant to thrive.
Things You'll Need
- Bonsai shears
- Spray bottle
- Time-release fertilizer granules
Use the bonsai shears to prune and shape your ginseng ficus bonsai plants. This should be done at least once a month. Also trim away any dead stems or leaves. The bonsai shears will allow you to cut leaves and stems without leaving scars.
Fill the spray bottle with quality tap water or distilled water. The temperature should be cool, not cold or warm. Lightly spritz the bonsai tree once a day. This plant is forgiving if you don't remember to spray the tree every day, but it does not like having its roots sitting in water, so do not oversaturate.
Fertilize the ginseng ficus bonsai plant twice a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. In the spring, 1 tbsp. of time-release fertilizer granules should be hand-mixed into the soil. In the autumn 2 tbsp. of time-release fertilizer granules should be hand-mixed into the soil. Hand-mixing will protect the underground root system.
Transfer the ginseng ficus bonsai tree to a new pot once every two years. This will give the tree a chance for the roots to breathe, and provide more room for the root system to grow. Use a well-draining soil that is rich in nutrients.
Leave the bonsai in full sunlight, optimally facing south. When using heat lamps, the heat lamps should be placed within 12 inches of the bonsai. Turn the lights off at night and then back on first thing in the morning.
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