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More… about ficus ginseng

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The story of the Ficus Ginseng The name Ficus is Latin for fig. The Ficus grows in (sub) tropical areas of Asia, Africa, South America and Australia. As well as the Ficus, there are a number of other economically interesting crops within this same family: the Mulberry (Morus = feeding plant for the silkworm), Cannabis sativa (fibre and oil plant), hop (Humulus lupulus = herb plant and flavouring for beer) and the rubber plant, Ficus elastica. Ficus Ginseng production The Ficus Ginseng is grown in China and Malaysia, Ginseng is Chinese for ‘root’. It takes years to develop the unique shape of the root, after which the small leaved Ficus is grafted onto the root. The plant is pruned with a lot of patience, which develops its bonsai shape. Dutch…
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basic ficus info

basic ficus info

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Ficus are known for their dramatic roots that survive above ground resembling bulbous structures. It makes an ideal houseplant/bonsai provided there is bright indirect light, regular water, and a slow release or organic fertilizer formulated for container plants. Make sure the plant does not sit in water because this may lead to root rot. Feed with a water soluble organic or slow-release fertilizer formulated for container plants at 1/2 the recommended dilution rate during its growth cycle. Again, make sure the container has adequate drainage and allow to drain out completely, but do not allow it to sit in water. Also be aware that most Ficus do not like their locations changed and will show their displeasure by dropping its leaves. Once you find a good site with bright, indirect…
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Is ficus ginseng poisonous?

Ficus Ginseng - pets
Ficus Ginseng plants and our pets We all enjoy our Ficus Ginseng plants, but are we really safe around them? Can we have our dogs or our cats in the same area? Our team at ficusginseng.org was wondering about that, so we did a little research on the internet and this is what we found: [caption id="attachment_379" align="aligncenter" width="414"] Yes… Ficus Ginseng Bonsai plants are poisonous for pets![/caption] According to bonsaiempire.com Ficus Ginseng Bonsai plants are (sadly) poisonous for pets, and they can prove to be especially dangerous if the pets eat the leaves. So, there is only one solution: the trees should be placed out of the pets' reach! Costafarms.com is also quite clear about this: "Caution If you have latex allergies, wear gloves when handling any ficus plant…
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I just purchased my first Ficus Ginseng! But what should I do next?

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Congratulations for your very first ficus ginseng! But how you should now proceed? Here are some of the basic steps that you need to follow: Check the base of the trunk of your ficus ginseng: are there any small rocks/pebbles glued to it? If so you should remove them. Check the pot of your ficus ginseng: is it large enough or is it too small? Do you think that you may need to replant your tree? If so, then please read this article about transferring your ficus ginseng into another pot. Check the humidity of your ficus ginseng: you probably need to water it, so please go ahead and read this article about watering your bonsai tree. Make a decision about its location: where you should put it? As this…
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Preparing Moss and Lichens for Bonsai use

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Author - David Sweet Many bonsai can benefit from the introduction of moss and lichens--benefit in both an aesthetic and horticultural sense. Most deciduous plantings thrive with the dressings which grow extremely well beneath the shading of the trees, soil erosion is minimised, and the soil does not dry out as rapidly. This "cooperative" relationship benefits the Elm, Boxwood, Japanese Holly, Azalea, Maple, Cypress, pines and a number of Australian natives as well. In fact any bonsai preferring a damp growing medium and requiring an element to keep the planting's soil in place will benefit from moss covering. The most important aspect to remember is the aesthetic element and the moss' suitability to your bonsai planting. If it doesn't look good, don't use it. For example, the scale and colour…
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Improving our Bonsai – Curves

Improving our Bonsai – Curves

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Improving our Bonsai - Curves Author - Mark Higgins The previous article discussed some of the issues concerning taper in the trunk. This is not the only place taper should be evident and must also be present in the curves on the trunk and branches and the branches themselves. I guess the easiest way to describe taper in a Bonsai sense is going from bigger to smaller - thick trunk thinner trunk, big curves smaller curves, big spacing smaller spacing.Curve LinesIt is a lot easier to introduce the curve line in the beginning of our styling and this can be achieved very easily when propagating cuttings through selective pruning of shoots to extend the trunk line.The position or angle that the cutting is planted at will also help to create…
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Why are my Ficus Ginseng’s leaves yellow/brown?

Why are my Ficus Ginseng’s leaves yellow/brown?

Ficus Ginseng – care
There are a number of possible reasons for this colour change in your Ficus Ginseng. Let’s start with something which might not be a problem: your Ficus Ginseng tree is going dormant just like the big ones in the woods because of the time of year. Otherwise… Not enough light: insufficient exposure to high-quality light (indirect light is what is recommended) will cause this problem. Root problem: if the roots are rotting, the Ficus Ginseng needs to be transplanted, or it could be that there is no drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. You need to remove the tree from its pot and have a look at the roots. If they are mushy and black, or soaking wet, then you have root rot and the tree must be…
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Transfer your Ficus Ginseng to a Larger Pot

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1. The first thing you need to check is whether your ficus ginseng needs to be replanted or not. You can do this by checking the roots of your tree. If the pot appears to be full of roots and there is little dirt left, it is time to replant your tree in a larger pot. 2. Use a water resistant or waterproof material and place your tree in the centre of it. Make sure that you won’t spill any dirt. 3. Time to separate the ficus ginseng from its original pot. The best way to do this is to lay the pot on its side and tug very carefully at the base of the ficus or the pot itself, in order to separate them. 4. Look after the roots…
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Advice for watering your Ficus Ginseng!

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One of the main reasons for which Ficus Ginseng trees are ideal for beginners, is, not only that these trees are particularly resistant to disease and pests, but also that they are less delicate when it comes to watering. In practical terms this means that, whereas other bonsai trees may not survive if their owner forgets to water them on time, the Ficus Ginseng could make it (it can survive mild drought conditions, as it stores and soaks up water through its roots)… That said, you should never forget to water your bonsai tree! Misting also is very important! Ginseng ficus plants respond very well to misting. For better results gardeners should mist these trees with water from a spray bottle every day. However, you also need to make sure…
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Ficus Ginseng gardening – basic tips

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Warm humid environment A warm humid environment is essential. Your Ficus Ginseng can grow quite well in a cool environment, but remember that a warmer environment will be much more helpful! Note that it is not advisable to expose your tree to direct sunlight. You can also place a dish of water near the plant for more humidity. Place your Ficus Ginseng in a larger pot! Always remember that the size of the pot used for growing has a significant effect and determines the speed at which your tree grows. Your Ficus Ginseng bonsai will grow well for the first few years in its original pot. However, once that time has passed, you should obtain a bigger pot for it. There are two reasons for this: the Ficus Ginseng has…
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