Ficus microcarpa ginseng

Ficus microcarpa ginseng

  • Aka: ginseng fig, bonsai
  • Origin: Malay, Malaysia
  • Family: Moraceae
  • Temperature: 15-25 °C, Hardiness: 9-11 Humidity: 60-70%

A hardy fig plant with small dark green leaves branching from 2-3 light greyish bulbous trunks giving it a bonsaied look.

It grows best in direct morning or late afternoon sunrays, filtered light or indirect light, but if moved too often or too dark the leaves may fall off and may battle to grow. Variegated leaves will need more light than their dark-leafed kind. They enjoy consistently moist soil and regular liquid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the summer months. Repotting when necessary into normal potting soil. Will be happy to be outside in the rain during summer months but will burn in midday sun.

Prune back in late summer to half (4 leaves) when new growth has 6-10 leaves, use gloves as milky sap is toxic. Propagation by cutting the top of the plant off or a branch cutting with 1-2 leaves and rooting in water or with thicker stems use rooting powder and place into sandy soil to root. Repotting every 2-3 years in spring and cutting no more than 10% of root growth,

Prone to cold draughts, spider mites and mealy bugs.

Other plants

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”
Audrey Hepburn