Ficus Ginseng

Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng'

Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:Plays Hard to Get

  • Overall Size: 6" to 9" W 7" to 10" H

The Ficus Ginseng (Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng') is the perfect plant to start your bonsai journey into the tranquility of this spiritual practice. The dense, glossy, dark green foliage is perfect for shaping as it sits atop a wide trunk with exposed roots, extending its aesthetics. It's an ideal addition to a relaxing environment!

Ficus Ginseng
Ficus Ginseng

About Ficus Ginseng

Asian countries use the leaves and aerial roots as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. They can also control blood sugar levels and are used in the treatment of allergies. It's a treatment for fungal and bacterial infections too.

Care Level: Plays Hard to Get

Pet Friendly: Warning

The sap is poisonous to pets.

Ficus Ginseng

Great For People Who…

  • Great for people who nurture their plants like their children
  • Great for people who like variety and variegated leaves
  • Great for people who love the tropical vibe
  • Great for people using Feng Shui
Ficus Ginseng

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with partial shade patios
  • Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
  • Great for spaces with bright indirect light

Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng' Care Guide

  • High

    Can live in medium light but performs better when exposed to bright light. Direct sun will burn leaves. (southern or eastern exposure)

  • Medium

    Use filtered, bottled, or tap water sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals and water enough that the water discharges out of the drainage holes. Once the water is fully drained, replace it into the cache or decorative pot. Don't let the roots sit in standing water. Keep the soil consistently moist but avoid overwatering as it can suffer from root rot. Do not let the root ball dry out or it will protest with damaged leaves. During winter months, reduce watering while its in dormancy.

  • High

    Enjoys high humidity. Spritz daily and add a pebble tray or humidifier to keep the humidity high.

  • 60 to 80

    Keep this plant in rooms where the temperature is above 68°F.

  • 9|10|11

    Outside: Keep it in afternoon shade but bright indirect morning light on a patio out of direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn where nights are above 60°F.

  • Weekly

    Fertilize every 2-3 weeks by diluting an organic balanced liquid fertilizer into the water while watering. If you have the fancy leaf begonias, use a higher nitrogen fertilizer in the early spring. You may switch to a high phosphorus for a flowering boost. Fertilize in the spring through fall months but let the plant rest in the winter. Avoid any foliar feeding on the leaves.

  • 2 Years

    Wait until it's about time to water your Ficus to repot it.

    Choose a well-draining pot that is 2" wider than the current container. Add a mesh or fine screening to the bottom of the pot to hold in the soil mix. This screen will prevent the holes from getting clogged.

    Use fresh bonsai potting mix for repotting. Remove the plant and use a small rake or paintbrush to remove the old soil from around the roots.

    Use a sterile set of pruners to remove one-fourth to one-third of the roots. This pruning will trigger more roots to emerge.

    Place in the new container with fresh mix and backfill, pressing down the soil, and then water thoroughly. Add more soil if it settles during watering to stabilize it.

  • Monthly

    A good time to do this is when you are already watering your plant. To clean:

    Use a soft paint brush to dust the roots.

    Trim off any dead or damaged limbs, branches, or roots with sterile pruners.

    Move the plant to a tub or shower area.

    Fill your watering can with a shower nozzle with filtered or distilled room temperature water.

    Shower the leaves with a gentle wash to knock off any dust from the foliage.

    Prune the limbs to create foliage where it is desirable to generate balance up and down the trunk.

    Watch for offshoots and remove any vegetation growing on the rooted areas to display their shape better.

Ficus Ginseng

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