Ficus Indoor Bonsai Tree
Ficus indoor bonsai tree is one of the most beautiful bonsai tree that can fit in your living room as well as in your balcony garden. It is a maintenance free bonsai tree that requires very little effort in taking care of it.
How to care of Ficus Indoor Bonsai Tree?
Mainly the ficus indoor bonsai bonsai care involves getting the location, watering schedule, pruning and fertilizing right. And your bonsai tree keeps growing like anything. Shaping up the bonsai depends on you.
Ficus Bonsai Trees are mainly grown in tropical regions of south-eastern Asia. Though, there are many species of Ficus, the most common bonsai tree are Religiosa (Indian Peepal) , Retusa, Carica, Benjamina and others.
Ficus bonsai tree looks really awesome indoors because it is fully of glossy & waxy leaves that are long lasting. Some variety of ficus bonsai tree can produce beautiful looking aerial roots from the trunk and branches. This bonsai tree is very suitable for indoors and that’s why it is more popular in the common household in India.
Now, lets talk about the ficus bonsai tree caring in details.
Ficus Indoor Bonsai Tree Care – Location
Ficus bonsai trees are very robust and maintenance free. Their tolerance to low-medium levels of light is significant good enough to help them survive indoors. Despite of that, we always advise to keep the bonsai tree in the bright light location. If you ask our bonsai experts, they would certainly recommend to keep it near window where it can get some sunlight and fresh air. After all it’s a plant that needs to process it food naturally. So, the window is good location for ficus bonsai tree. You should avoid it keeping it in the dark corners, or any place that is less likely to get the fresh air or bright light.
Also, we recommend to keep it outside in the balcony for a few days in a month to keep the plant healthy and growing.
Specially, in summers, you can keep it in outside and it will grow well. The leaves will come up beautifully bright and green. Sunlight works as energy booster to the plant. If you ever see your ficus bonsai growing weak, you should consider putting it in the sunshine but you must avoid the low temperature in winters. The ficus bonsai plants are frost tender. So, you must bring them back inside when nighttime temperatures drops below 13 degree centigrade.
Ficus Indoor Bonsai Tree Care – Watering
Watering the ficus indoor bonsai tree is very crucial. Ficus does not love much water but the soil should be completely wet and well drained. So it is good to follow the watering schedule of thrice a week in summers and twice a week in winters or less. While you keep the bonsai plant indoors, you can sprinkle the water a little on the leaves to keep them moist. It is important to create a humid atmosphere around the bonsai. You can install a drip or a humidity tray if you feel that watering appropriately is not your cup of tea.
Why my bonsai plant is dying?
This is one of the most common question that I get from you across the country. And with far confidence, I ask them one simple thing.
How frequently do you water your bonsai tree?
And to your surprise, watering too much is the most common reason for killing your bonsai plant. Excess of water damages the roots and the leaves start turning yellow before they drop.
THE ONLY CARE INSTRUCTION that I can share with you above all is to water it properly. There is a thumb rule of watering any bonsai plant. Water until the soil gets fully moist and leave it to drain completely, then wait for the soil to go dry before water it next time.
If you follow this simple instruction, your all bonsai plants will survive and smile at your always.
Ficus Indoor Bonsai Tree Care – Pruning
Here comes the beautiful part of owning a bonsai tree. When the bonsai tree extends shoots of lighter green new foliage while growing, you must ready to prune them for two reasons.
- You dont want your bonsai plant to grow bigger like a normal plant.
- Second, you dont want the unwanted shoots take all the nutrients instead of the branches that you actually wanted to grow.
Simple rule of pruning the bonsai tree.
Let the shoots grow upto 7-10 cm , turn them from yellowish green to little dark green and you’re ready to cut them completely or to prune them depending on what shape you want to give your bonsai tree.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Though Ficus bonsai tree is an evergreen bonsai, but this does not mean that the leaves will always remain the same. Bonsai plants are live natural plants. Hence, the new leaves come and they are light green, when they mature a little, they turn into to dark green, and eventually, they turn yellow before falling off. This is a natural & gradual process and you should expect this to happen. There is no point in getting over-dramatic when the leaves start falling. Just bear with it if this is due to season and looks natural.
Ficus Indoor Bonsai Tree Care – Repotting
Repotting is an essential process while owning a bonsai plant. You must repot the plant once in two-three years during the spring season and put the appropriate nutrients. Also, you should repot is carefully to expose the roots, wash them and put good bonsai soils and fertilizers into it.
Ficus Indoor Bonsai Tree Care – Feeding
Our bonsai trees are pre-fed with appropriate amount of nutrients to stay healthy for first 4-6 months. After that, you can use appropriate fertilizers to keep them healthy and growing. You must follow the specific caring instruction of the bonsai tree to keep it healthy.
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