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.

Over-trimming – Don’t over-trim a bonsai tree.
A Ficus Ginseng bonsai must be allowed to grow. New growth is not only a sign of a healthy plant (and therefore a healthy bonsai) but, in turn, it boosts the tree’s structure, new root growth and vitality. Your tree must, therefore, be allowed periods of growth.
It is a myth to think that bonsai trees should and must be trimmed on a daily or weekly basis. It is also a myth to think that great bonsai plants look perfect all year round. Most bonsai are exhibited, photographed and displayed in perfect condition, but this state is only temporary.
When trimming, always consider the bonsai tree’s symmetry. Trim long stems for a smaller, stouter tree with fuller foliage. Remove new leaves for an even appearance if necessary.
In addition, get into the habit of allowing new shoots to extend before trimming them back after they have hardened.

Fertilising
Check whether your Ficus Ginseng appears to be in a healthy state. Only then fertilise the Ficus Ginseng. It should be added to the soil during the growing season (spring), but make sure that you do not fertilise during the winter months.

Positioning
Do not keep your Ficus Ginseng in direct sunlight! The best place is near a window, and the best distance would be around 30 centimetres from the window. This will provide a well-lit environment and will also help to avoid leaf discoloration.

Pruning
Using the right tools, prune the tree early in the Ficus Ginseng bonsai tree’s growth. Like all bonsai trees, the Ficus Ginseng will be far easier to mould to your desired shape and height if shaping techniques, in the form of pruning, trimming, and wiring, are used when it matters, and this is as early as possible.

Misting
Mist the Ficus Ginseng bonsai regularly, primarily to increase the humidity around the tree. Think about it as the rain mist found in the tree’s natural environment. As long as you can provide that humid environment, the tree grows well and also maintains its dark coloured leaves. Unfortunately, misting only creates a temporary humid atmosphere. You need to be consistent about your misting routine, and yet very careful, as the excess water from misting or spraying runs off the leaves into the soil below, and this can often create a soil structure in which the surface of the soil is continually wet and airless. Conversely, insufficient watering will cause the leaves to turn yellow. So you need to find the right balance!

Soil condition
Now this is very important! You must use a mix of soil composed of 30-40% organic matter with 60-70% aggregate for proper drainage. Waterlogged soil could be one of the few problems a bonsai enthusiast may face, and this is, therefore, one of the most crucial Ficus Ginseng bonsai tips!

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