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Care Guidance

Water

- Water daily (when the soil is dry)
- Spray plant with water 3 times per week

Fertilise

- Once every 2 weeks in summer
- Once every 3 weeks in spring & autumn
- Once per month in winter

Surroundings

- Plenty of natural light
- Nowhere near a working radiator
- Always keep plant above 15°C

The Ficus (Ficus Retrusa) can be found in the tropics across the world so its need for a warm climate makes for the perfect indoor bonsai. Its incredibly popular as a first time bonsai, being hardy as well as forgiving, and can develop beautiful roots that fall down from the branches, burying themselves in the soil.

One of the great things about the Ficus is that they can tolerate lower light levels, perfect if you're struggling for positions. Its a member of the fig family and can sometimes develop small fruits in the summer, too. 

Watering

Watering the Ficus is an incredibly straight forward process: If the soil's dry, it needs water. Check daily and ensure you give the water time to soak into the soil before topping up again, water until the soil is sodden and drains from the bottom of the pot.

Typically speaking, they may need a little more water in summer and a little less in winter, but this will be apparent when you touch the soil its resting in. Ensure the soil is soaked and water is draining from the base. 

Misting

We also advise that the tree is misted with water, as well as watering (not instead of), 3 times a week. Spray the entire plant.

Feriliser

Feeding the Ficus with fertiliser is essential for healthy growth and should be done primarily in the growing seasons. With this being an indoor bonsai, it'll push for growth in the winter, too, however with limited day light during these months, it won't nearly need as much nutrients from fertiliser to support this limited growth. Our recommendation is:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
  • Every 3 weeks
  • Every 2 weeks
  • Every 3 weeks
  • Once per month

Location

  • As much light as possible
  • South facing windows, conservatories, etc.
  • Nowhere near a working radiator

Place near or in a south facing window that brings in a lot of morning and afternoon light, preferably sunlight. Ficus love the sun so ensure its positioned for as much light as possible: window sills, conservatories etc. In the height of summer, too much direct sunlight can burn leaves so keep an eye on its positioning during this time. If positioned near a radiator, ensure it remains off at all times, too.

Temperature

  • Keep above 15°C
  • Can occasionally attract tiny white aphids

This tropical tree can't tolerate the cold, at all. Ensure it's kept in a room above 15°C. Just so you know, average UK household room temperatures are usually between 18-21°C. Don't put this tree outside unless its a warm summers day. Generally speaking, these trees are very sensitive to temperature change so keep away from radiators and external drafts from windows or doors.

Pruning

A regular activity and essential to bonsai. The general principle is pretty straight forward: as the bonsai looses shape, it needs to be pruned back with shears. Typically

Wiring

When you typically see beautiful bonsai trees shaped in weird and wonderful ways, this is very likely to be the result of training and sculpting with wire. The idea and 

speaking, you'll want to cut the tree back to keep its shape (usually a more triangular shape for our Ficus), leaving 2 leaves on one stem. However, this is where your creativity and opinion on what's beautiful really takes over. You can shape the tree in any which way you wish. many turn to nature for inspiration whereas others want to be completely unique. The choice is yours.

We advise that pruning takes place when the plant will be at its strongest: usually growing seasons: Spring through to Autumn, when there's plenty of sunlight to soak up.

When pruning, you may notice a white sap the will seep from branches, stems and leaves where the cut was made. The Ficus is a member of the rubber plant family and the sap is similar to the latex once used to create natural rubber. Although this sap can stain, it also forms a great seal on the wound to help recovery from pruning.

technique is fairly simple: wrapping wire around the branches allows you to mould the tree and, by leaving the wire in place, encourages the tree to strengthen itself in that particular mould.

If you've decided you're ready to take on bonsai wiring, great.  we have a quick checklist before you begin:

Have you owned and cared for the bonsai for longer than 6 months? It's important to really know your trees needs and ensure its happy with its surrounds before you begin.

Is your bonsai happy and healthy? It's important to really know your trees needs and ensure its happy with its surrounds before you begin. Healthy bonsai, happy wiring.

Is it spring or early summer? If so, this is the ideal time to get started. We want to be wiring when the bonsai is gearing up for substantial growth to help encourage our sculpting.

Propagation
During mid-summer, you can create a new bonsai by taking cuttings from your Ficus. We've got a guide to show you how to create bonsai from bonsai. 

Leaves
During mid-summer, you can create a new bonsai by taking cuttings from your Ficus. We've got a guide to show you how to create bonsai from bonsai. 

Aerial Roots
Sometimes known as the 'Strangler fig', it can produce incredible aerial roots that fall down from branches, burying themselves into the soil. This can occur if you increase the humidity. As part of our care guidance, we can show you how to do this.

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The Ficus (Ficus Retrusa) can be found in the tropics across the world so its need for a warm climate makes for the perfect indoor bonsai. Its incredibly popular as a first time bonsai, being hardy and forgiving, and can develop beautiful roots that fall down from the branches and bury themselves in the soil.

One of the great things about the Ficus is that they can tolerate lower light levels, perfect if you're struggling for positions. Its a member of the fig family and can sometimes develop small fruits in the summer, too. Overall, highly recommended for new starters in the world of bonsai.

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