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.