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Ficus Microcarpa (Ficus Ginseng retusa) House Plant Foli8 Ficus Microcarpa (Ficus Ginseng retusa) House Plant Closeup Ficus Microcarpa Leaves Closeup Ficus Ginseng retusa's unique roots Ficus Microcarpa leaves with light reflecting Ficus "Ginseng retusa"

Ficus "Ginseng retusa"

Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng retusa'

("Fy-kus 'JIN-seng ret-YOO-sa'")

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Resembling Ficus benjamina, Ficus microcarpa has broader leaves without the distinctive drip tip. Ficus retusa is an old name for F. micorcarpa, and is still sometimes used.

The Ginseng Bonsai form is produced as a small decorative indoor plant by grafting small shoots of foliage onto sections of roots and stems from mature trees (sometimes from a different Ficus species), to produce highly characterful plants resembling traditional bonsai trees. These could be in a gnarly, clumpy shape or more elegant curves and 'S' shapes, and they can be produced in a large variety of sizes.

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Additional Information

Pets & Children

Like all Ficus, the sap can be irritating to sensitive skin (and it can stain clothes and carpets if it drips). 

Country of Origin

Ficus microcarpa grows wild in the tropics of South and East Asia and Queensland, and has been widely introduced in mild climate zones all around the world, including Southern Europe.  The Ginseng Bonsai plants are produced in nurseries by grafting young foliage onto older wood 

Habitat Conditions

Despite its tropical origins, Ficus microcarpa can tolerate quite cool conditions, making it ideal for conservatories as well as warmer parts of the home.  The plant does require good light and benefits from occasional misting with tepid water 

Plant Care

Light

Does best in good light, and will tolerate direct sunlight. It will cope with more moderate light levels, as long as it is not over watered

Watering

Soil should be kept moist, but not wet, and allowed to dry out a little between watering

Pruning

If some of the shoots get straggly, they can be lightly pruned, but do not attempt to prune the mature stems and do not cut back to the grafting point

Feeding

Dilute all-purpose fertilizer can be added to the water at every watering

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs and scale insects may be occasional problems. Mealybugs can be removed by cleaning with a damp cloth or paper towel. Larger clusters can be removed by trimming off the infested leaves. Scale insects can be removed by scraping them off with a blunt tool such as a wooden lolly stick
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