Caring Tips For Ficus Bonsai Trees
Ficus bonsai trees are one of the most graceful and beautiful trees. Also known as the common Fig and Chinese Banyan, these bonsai trees grows naturally in Southwest Asia. Ficus is one of the most popular trees for indoor Bonsai. It is an excellent tree for beginners and pros alike. To caring these trees, water the bonsai as needed. The number 1 cause of bonsai death is lack of water and being kept in a low humidity environment too long. Check the bonsai pot often until you become familiar with the bonsai’s watering needs. Don’t water just the soil; water the leaves of the tree, too. Bonsai soil is porous to allow for quick water flow and enhanced gas exchange. Bonsai soil is also granular. Individual species need different types of soil but a general rule to follow is 70% humus and 30% grit for deciduous bonsai trees, and 70% grit and 30% humus for evergreen trees with needles. In Japan, Bonsai purists pot trees with 100% sand. Pot a bonsai tree in a pot that is 2/3 to 3/4 as wide as the tree is high. The pot should also be 1/2 as deep as the tree is high. The recommended height of the pot should be approximately the same as the diameter of the trunk.
When potting or repotting, keep old trees with old pots, and new trees with new pots. If the bonsai tree is in a 3-legged pot, face 1 foot of the pot forward. Prune branches as needed to keep the tree looking aesthetically pleasing. You should also trim any crossing branches. These are branches that cross the trunk or each other. Branches that stick out of the front of the bonsai tree straight at you should be pruned as well as branches that point straight down.