The ficus is a viral species of bonsai ornamental plant and is considered to be the most beginner-friendly type of bonsai you will find out there. This bonsai has ovate, dark green leaves that are glossy and large. It possesses a smooth and lovely trunk while some of the varieties have thick and swollen roots that stand above ground. This is a resilient tree that will respond to severe reduction and hard pruning. It is also very forgiving since it can bounce right back to good health after inconsistent care. Placing your ficus bonsai in your living room on a center table or your office desk will brighten the space and add an element of nature!
Common name: Ficus Bonsai
Scientific name: Ficus microcarpa
Size: 60-80 inches
Maintenance: Ficus bonsai requires a moderate amount of care
Toxicity: Toxic to pets
Where to place: If you choose to place them indoors, you must pick an area that receives plenty of sunlight, like a window sill or a shelf
Normal. The ficus should be watered normally, which means it should be given water generously whenever the soil gets slightly dry. The ficus bonsai prefers room temperature soft water and it can tolerate occasional over or underwatering.
Direct sunlight. Ficus bonsai requires a plenty amount of exposure to the sun. Since the intensity of light indoors is much lower than outdoors, place your bonsai in a bright location, preferably directly in front of a window that receives an adequate amount of sunlight if you are choosing to place them indoors.
Sandy clay soil. The best soil to use for growing ficus trees is sandy clay soil. This soil type suits best since they have the ability to retain water and nutrients, and it also allows excess water and nutrients to drain away from the soil.
High. Ficus bonsai requires relatively high humidity. You can increase the humidity near your Bonsai tree by placing it on a humidity tray filled with water and by misting your tree a few times a day. You can also circulate air from outside, by opening a window if you choose to keep it indoors.
During summer and winter. While liquid fertilizer can be used to fertilize your bonsai, organic fertilizer pellets do well too. Fertilize every two weeks during summer, and every four weeks during winter if the growth doesn’t stop.
Stem cuttings. Cuttings with green growth at the tips and woody bases are used for propagation purposes. Place these cuttings into a good-draining potting soil and cover with clear plastic, which creates a greenhouse. Ficus stem cuttings can also grow roots in a vase of water which can further be sown and grown into a new bonsai!