I just purchased my first Ficus Ginseng! But what should I do next?

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 depends on the season of the year you are strongly advised to leave the plant outside during summer and to bring it inside during the autumn when the weather begins to cool down.
  • Does it need pruning? Be aware that pruning should take place once your ficus ginseng has started to grow new buds towards the top. Patience is, therefore very important when pruning your tree, as hasty pruning at the beginning could harm your plant instead of helping it to achieve the desired shape.

Transfer your Ficus Ginseng to a Larger Pot

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 of your ficus ginseng. You need to assess how badly root-bound your tree is, so start by brushing the soil away from the root ball. If you observe that some of the roots have begun to circle around the ball, carefully unwind them by using your fingers and try to separate the roots in the root ball. Finally using a small pair of gardening scissors or pruning shears cut off any dead or rotten roots. Don’t forget to prune any roots which may grow through the drainage hole in the pot!

5. When it comes to selecting a pot for your ficus ginseng tree, make sure that you choose a pot about 5 centimetres (2 inches) wider in diameter than the pot you are replacing. Don’t buy a larger one, as it will almost certainly retain too much water and this could cause the roots to rot. Once you have the new pot, line the bottom with several inches of fresh potting soil

6. Place your ficus ginseng tree in the pot. Ensure that you hold the tree upright with your hands and that the root ball sits 1-3 centimetres (around 1 inch) below the rim of the pot. More soil should be added to the pot if you believe that the ficus tree is too low in comparison with the pot. Finally, fill in the space around the root ball with fresh potting soil.

7. Now it is time to water your ficus tree. Make sure that you water it thoroughly, and then allow at least 30 minutes for it to sit. Finally, empty any excess water from the pot.

8. After this has been done, you may continue with your daily procedure. Place your ficus bonsai tree near a window but not directly facing sunlight, mist it daily, and water it when the soil becomes dry to the touch.

Advice for watering your Ficus Ginseng!

Ficus retusa Ginseng

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 that the soil is dry, as these trees grow very well if the soil is never allowed to dry out. So water every 2 – 3 weeks during the spring and summer (ginseng ficus bonsai trees need to be watered more frequently when it is warm) and then reduce the amount of watering in the autumn and winter months. Remember that the misting should take place every day!

Be careful, however. The right amount of water is something you learn with experience, but there are also signs to look for: bonsai trees which do not get enough water will begin to turn yellow in colour, whereas an excess of water can cause ginseng ficus roots to rot, so you need to find the right balance! (as a general rule, use 1/3 of a cup of water, then pour slowly at the base of the bonsai. Make sure that you don’t overwater, and also check that the water doesn’t stay at the bottom of the glass container ).

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Ficus Ginseng gardening – basic tips

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 a large root system, and this will soon outgrow its small container. In addition, vital nutrients in the soil will have to be replenished. Continue reading “Ficus Ginseng gardening – basic tips”

How to Grow and take care for Outdoor Bonsai Trees

Author: Kathleen Lori

Growing bonsai trees are a reproduction of basically a natural tree but only miniature. Thus it requires basic bonsai tree care in order for it to grow properly since they are absolutely dependent on you for their proper care.

Whether you choose to buy bonsai trees or grow them from seeds which will make you wait for an awfully long time before you see the actual result, you will need the fundamental knowledge of bonsai tree care in order for you to have success in this form of art – growing bonsai tree. Continue reading “How to Grow and take care for Outdoor Bonsai Trees”