- Perfect for beginners
- Very easy to care for
- Develops character aerial roots
- Suitable for darker rooms
- Deep green glossy leaves
- Resistant to most pests/diseases
The Ficus Bonsai Tree – A Very Easy Beginners ‘Fruiting‘ Indoor Bonsai Variety
The fig (Ficus retusa) indoor bonsai tree has dark green glossy leaves and is unusual in that it will tolerate lower light levels. The Ficus makes a fantastic indoor bonsai and should be protected from the frost. There are several types of ficus which are extremely popular to grow as bonsai – Ficus ginseng, Ficus retusa and Ficus mircocarpa.
It buds back very quickly after pruning and has an immense amount of character in the truck and aerial root system. A very powerful bonsai, fun and easy to care for. It is also less susceptible to pest attack. Protect from cold (min 10oC). Fabulous bonsai for beginners and ideal for the home or office.
Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.
The Fig symbolises fertility and love. The Bible indicates that the Fig tree has spiritual meaning. The tree that signifies health both spiritually and physically.
A tree with superb movement and a positive energy.
The Beauty & Attributes of the Ficus retusa bonsai tree – The Chinese ‘Banyan’ Tree
Bonsai Tree Size & Proportions
The leaves of the Ficus bonsai are slightly larger than some of the other renowned species. However on a larger or mid sized tree they look truly spectacular. The are the glossiest green and rich in colour. This is an evergreen indoor bonsai with all year round beauty.
Features and Characteristics
The Ficus retusa is one of the few bonsai that displays the most sensational aerial roots as the bonsai matures. These roots often start from the trunk or branches and can create an interesting and eye-catching visual effect. As they thicken they frequently wrap around the trunk, forming artistic tendrils which add character and interest. The have great movement and give the appearance of a tree from the Florida Everglades. Aerial roots on a Ficus bonsai tree can be quite fascinating to observe.
The ‘aerial’ roots often appear as thin, rope-like structures that extend from the branches or the trunk of the tree. These roots might be light brown or grey in colour, and they have a slightly textured surface. As they grow downwards they meet the soil and root into the soil. A wonderful feature of this unique bonsai tree. Sometimes the roots even appear to be braided with the trunk – a sort of wrap around effect.
Perfect Bonsai Tree for Indoor Gardening
The Ficus is extremely well adapted to living in our homes. It thrives in most environments and will even tolerate rooms with lower light levels. This is not a demanding bonsai. It is easy to care for. Keep the soil just damp to the touch and possible, mist the leaves daily with water. This helps to maintain the humidity which is more important when the central heating is on and the air is drier. We feed them once a week with bonsai fertiliser to keep the foliage lush and healthy.
This indoor bonsai plant type is very easy to prune and can also be styled by wiring techniques. When you prune a Ficus it will produce a white milky sap. This is perfectly normal. Essentially this is the way the plant has evolved to seal the wound from pruning. The white milky substance is latex and this crystallises to seal the cut and heal. It’s a remarkably clever plant adaption.
A Beautiful Fruiting Bonsai Plant with Sensational Tree Meaning
The ficus is a fruiting species of bonsai. The fruits of the Ficus retusa bonsai, also known as the Chinese Banyan Tree, are small and well proportions. These fruits are often referred to as figs, although they might not resemble the typical figs you find in your local green grocer or supermarket.
The figs on the Ficus retusa bonsai are usually tiny and round, often measuring just a few millimeters in diameter. They have a greenish colour when they’re young, and as they mature, they might turn a shade of yellow or reddish-brown. A stylish bonsai which symbolises health, fertility and love.
A sensational Eco Friendly Gift Idea
This variety of bonsai would make an exquisite birthday gift or bonsai plant for an anniversary or Christmas. It is easy to care to for and supplied with care instructions unique to this type of bonsai tree. Thus, it is highly recommended for complete beginners. Like other indoor plants, this bonsai contributes to air purification, helping create a healthier indoor environment. Growing a bonsai tree is also associated with relaxation and lowering stress levels.
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