The fact that the Ficus being a simple plant does not imply that the ficus bonsai because when it comes to bonsai, there is nothing simple, or almost. I'm not saying this to discourage anyone, God forbid, but it must be clear to everyone that these small saplings in 1:10 scale, or similar, are definitely not suitable for those who do not have a green thumb and do not intend to apply themselves with all their good will for the success of their cultivation.
These are delicate creatures that must be treated with a lot of dedication and with full knowledge of the facts, we don't improvise "bonsai growers", You need to read and read up on the various pruning practices, for example, without forgetting that sometimes there is also the reduction of the roots. Now let's see how to approach and care for a ficus bonsai, exploring what it takes to grow it successfully.
Ficus bonsai ginseng
After all, the Ficus bonsai are nothing but gods dwarf ficus, nothing prevents us from keeping them in our homes as a piece of furniture without forgetting that they are living beings and they need a lot of attention. In return, they will give us much more satisfaction than an ornament, there is no need to discuss this.
Among all kinds of bonsai, ficus are among the most widespread and in my opinion also among the most beautiful, what do you think? Before answering you can also linger thinking about the numerous varieties that exist, also discovering that some species of these dwarf trees in reality they do not exist in nature and that not all bonsai can remain inside our apartments for the whole year. Fortunately, in the case of the Ficus, this warning is not valid because it is included among those tropical species that are good in our homes, in summer as in winter.
Among all the types of Ficus that exist, even in bonsai version, the two most common species in our part are the ficus bonsai ginseng and the bonsai ficus retusa. In particular, the first mentioned in nature does not even exist. Let us not be fooled by the labels that some plants on sale in certain shops may carry: ficus bonsai ginseng is nothing more than a graft, it is in fact a Retusa bonsai modified with appropriate techniques. This is why there is not much difference between the two species of ficus bonsai that we find in our country, which is why, for better or for worse, they should be treated with the same care and similar attention.
Ficus bonsai: it loses leaves
It may happen that ours ficus in miniature you start shedding leaves, not a good sign and it means we haven't taken care of it right. As soon as we realize it we must immediately intervene because usually when dealing with bonsai there is not much room to maneuver, they are plants that can die very quickly. Let's see how to ensure that this does not happen, without abandoning the company even before starting.
Like many other bonsai, the Ficus it needs a lot of light, so it is good to choose a very sunny position for ours, preferably near a window. Chosen its place, let's monitor its growth because if it is slow, it means that the plant is not receiving yet enough light and it is necessary, if we do not have a larger window, to use artificial lighting such as a fluorescent lamp.
Ficus bonsai: cultivation
We have seen where to place our bonsai so that it can grow well, but it is certainly not over here, indeed, we are only at the beginning of the adventure. It is very important to follow the irrigation phases without overstretching and to monitor the degree of humidity that the plant enjoys. From this point of view it is easy to fall into error and it can also happen to be misled by the labels that accompany the plants and which should be made to give us a hand, especially if we are first experience with a ficus bonsai.
Precisely on these tickets, written as cards, we can find generic indications which, obviously, do not take into account the specific conditions where a plant is located. Even if we are not super experts, we try to trust our sensations and evaluate the humidity to be created or needed by testing the ground.
The secret, not so secret, is to give water only when we feel it is dry. If we are totally disoriented we can also partially refer to some general indications that describe the ficus bonsai like a plant that needs a lot of moisture. To make it comfortable, you can also create a base for it by fitting the vase with a small saucer upside down inside a larger saucer. If we pour the water into the remaining space and place the bonsai over the inverted saucer, it will receive more moisture. If it is still not enough and we feel the ground dry we can always spray lukewarm water on the leaves, from time to time, without exaggerating.
Especially when it comes to bonsai, do not forget the pruning that must be done all year round by cutting the plant in order to give it the shape we prefer but never randomly and on this point I recommend consulting manuals ad hoc like the ones I am about to point out.
Ficus bonsai: tips
Here, about pruning, a manual entitled "Bonsai. Styles, bindings and prunings". It is a book that tells the art of bonsai cultivation by treating pruning techniques with particular attention.
In the text "The art of bonsai" we can find basic notions and cultivation techniques illustrated in a schematic but complete way, easy to understand even for those who are not experts. The volume also includes a hundred drawings and a color photographic insert complete with technical details and guided maintenance interventions.
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