Ginseng Ficus (Ficus retusa/Ficus microcarpa) is an evergreen tree in the fig family of plants. Originally from tropical climates in Southeast Asia, these plants make for excellent indoor bonsai trees. Trouble free and easy to care for, Ginseng Ficus bonsai are a very popular and well adapted houseplant variety, the perfect beginner bonsai tree. Ficus microcarpa can grow over a hundred feet high in the wild, but these pre-trained bonsai trees will remain a much more manageable size. Ginseng Ficus prefers bright light and regular, thorough drinks of water.
Plant delivered will be approximately 10″ to 12″ height in a traditional 7″ decorative plastic bonsai pot. These bonsai trees have been trained into the essential Ginseng bonsai style and are now ready for your creative input! There is significant variety between shape and composition of the woody parts of each plant available. All trees come planted in top quality professional bonsai potting media with time-release fertilizer applied for a truly easy growing experience.
A note about Ginseng Ficus naming misconceptions – Ginseng Ficus is a common trade name for Ficus microcarpa grown in traditional bonsai fashion. Ficus microcarpa is an entirely different species than Ficus retusa, however the plant industry tends to (incorrectly) use the terms interchangeably. In the vast majority of cases, including this listing, bonsai trained and sold as Ginseng Ficus are Ficus microcarpa and not Ficus retusa.
Ginseng Ficus is used in traditional medicine in India, Malaysia, China and Japan to combat pain, fever, the flu, the malaria, bronchitis and rheumatism. In some Southeast Asian cultures, these bonsai plants are home to helpful spirits and are used in places of worship among Buddhists and Taoists.
Add professional grade bonsai fertilizer granules directly from this listing to save $6 off our standard pricing! Natural/organic bonsai fertilizer promotes growth of symbiotic mycorrhizae fungus resulting in healthier bonsai trees. Chemical fertilizers kill off beneficial bacteria, fungus, and insects that keep bonsai trees thriving. 5-7-4 NPK formulation, comes with 1 gram scoop for easy measurement, 5oz bag.
For an even happier and healthier plant, we strongly recommend the use of a humidity tray. Our 10.875×7.75″ polymer humidity trays as seen in photo #10 are Black Pearl color and come with the perfect amount of river pebbles. Humidity trays are meant to be filled with water on a regular basis. The evaporating water increases ambient humidity to your tree’s foliage. The use of river pebbles speeds up the evaporation rate, making for an even more effective setup. Humidity trays are also useful for catching runoff when you water your new bonsai plant pal!
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