This tree is popular for bonsai beginners, they can be found on every continent in the tropical regions with the Ficus species numbering between 800 and 2000!
Size: 18 cm high, 6.5 cm wide
Light: Give this little bonsai as much light as you can, avoid direct sunlight as the sun's rays are intensified when shining through glass and can burn leaves. In the summer months it may be placed outside for additional light but it won't tolerate temperatures lower than 60F/15C
Water: When the soil is dry, water Ficus generously. They can tolerate the occasional over/under watering but this causes the plants stress so it's not advisable to do either for a prolonged period.
Temperature: As previously mentioned this little tree doesn't tolerate the cold too well. Average room temperature avoiding fluctuations that arise form draughts and intermittent heat sources is best.
Humidity: The thick waxy leaves enable this plant to endure drier situations but a humid environment is better. Add a pebble tray or mist on warmer days to encourage humidity higher levels
Feed: Using a specialised bonsai fertiliser, feed every 2 weeks in the warner spring and summer growing months. If the plant remains actively growing during autumn and winter fertiliser can be used monthly but be cautious. Only feed in the cooler months if the plant is still actively growing.
Care tips: Regular pruning is necessary to retain the tree’s shape. Prune back to 2 leaves after 6-8 leaves have grown. Ficus can be left to grow freely for one or two years if you want to encourage thickening of the trunk. , .
Height & Growth rate: Typically, not a fast-growing species and obviously staying small.
Origin: Tropical regions throughout the world.
concrete pot available, with drainage.