Recreate exotic forests indoors with the Ficus bonsai tree
Different Ficus tree bonsai varieties all come with the same ultimate joy. You can get this exotic-looking plant for your interiors to create mesmerizing aesthetics of tropical and subtropical forests inside your very own home.
All of the Ficus tree bonsai varieties have gorgeous and enchanting bark structures with glossy leaves that form canopies. These canopies are dense and colored lush-green, and appear to adorn the textured and beautifully hued barks of the Ficus bonsai. Anybody who loves nature and greenery is certainly going to love this miniature version of nature’s most exotic beauty in their living spaces.
Ficus bonsai is a beginner-friendly houseplant
The Ficus bonsai tree is meant to cater to all. If you don’t think you can devote a lot of time or are wary of accidentally killing your next houseplant, then this plant can be a go-to choice for you. It combines beautiful natural aesthetics with some of the easiest and most convenient care guidelines for an indoor plant.
- Ease of watering: All of the Ficus tree bonsai varieties have glossy leaves, which helps them absorb maximum moisture from the air. Therefore, your Ficus bonsai tree can withstand irregular sessions of watering if you tend to have a forgetful mind or a busy schedule.
- Ease of placement: If you are wishing to get an indoor plant but you feel your interiors aren’t well-lit enough, then the Ficus bonsai tree might be the ideal choice for you. In fact, all of its varieties thrive indoors with ease.
Take the best care of your Ficus bonsai
Adding delight to their already charming tree structures, all of the Ficus tree bonsai varieties are relatively easy to maintain. No hassles and no complicated procedures are involved in taking good care of this houseplant. In fact, these easy-care practices will quickly turn into an enjoyable experience in itself, as you feel a personal bond forming with your indoor Ficus bonsai.
The plant thrives in indoor spaces, where it is protected from the gusts of strong wind. The only important thing is to make sure the interiors are well-lit. Therefore, keeping it near a window will offer the best placement. It is suggested to not move the Ficus bonsai around much after it has found a suitable spot inside your home and acclimatized to the conditions.
This plant can tolerate slight overwatering and overwatering, which makes it highly convenient for homeowners. Even so, you should ideally water your Ficus bonsai tree every time you see the soil running dry slightly. Watering sessions of two to three times a week will often suffice.
Misting is not necessary, as the glossy or waxy leaves naturally absorb maximum humidity from the air on their own. However, some of the Ficus tree bonsai varieties benefit greatly from misting the plant once in a while. Doing so more often than needed could lead to infections appearing on the leaves due to high levels of humidity.
Fertilizing could be done with both solid pellets of organic fertilizer or with a liquid fertilizer. The optimal frequency of feeding is twice a month during summers and once a month during the winter season.
All of the Ficus tree bonsai varieties have dense leafy structures, which means regular pruning is required throughout the year. This can be done even by plucking the leaves off of the plant’s overgrown shoots. Make sure to retain 2 leaves on each of the overgrown shoots when pruning.
Wiring the Ficus bonsai is relatively easy and free from any risks, and is performed if you wish to reshape the plant.
The plant needs to be repotted after every 2 years into a new pot. Ideally, this repotting should be performed during the spring season. Remember to prune the overgrown shoots before repotting the plant, and use a basic soil mix for repotting your Ficus bonsai.
Common issues with the Ficus bonsai as an indoor plant
As an indoor bonsai plant, the Ficus bonsai thrives without giving the homeowner any issue or unexpected signs. Some issues might appear, but they are relatively easy to tackle, making it easy to love as a houseplant.
Why is my Ficus bonsai dropping its leaves?
The plant usually drops its leaves when it has been receiving insufficient amounts of either sunlight or water. In such a case, you need to bring the plant outdoors immediately and make sure it is receiving regular watering. The plant will remedy itself faster than you would think.
Why is the plant not developing aerial roots?
If you Ficus tree bonsai variety develops the “pot-bellied” appearance of aerial roots but you have been waiting for too long, then you need to water it more and give gaps between watering sessions. The Ficus bonsai will develop its aerial roots after it has grown a dense green canopy on top.
Why is the plant not showing full growth despite sufficient sunlight and watering?
You need to keep the plant away from windows or hallways that are allowing strong drafts or winds. Also, make sure that it has been placed away from any heat sources such as indoor heaters. If your Ficus bonsai tree is still not displaying full growth, then feeding with an organic or liquid fertilizer will replenish the soil with nutrients allowing it to grow into its beautiful and well-loved structure.
The plant is showing signs of infection. What do I do?
You can easily prune the plant by defoliating, as removing the infected leaves will help the Ficus bonsai retain its healthy form and structure. Make sure to keep 2 leaves on each of the shoots, and avoid misting the plant for a few weeks to months.
Ficus tree bonsai varieties to choose from
Everyone has a slightly differing taste in indoor plants. Moreover, conditions in every indoor space vary in terms of sunlight exposure and humidity. However, there is a range of different Ficus bonsai subtypes, each offering slightly varying appearances. It is important to know about all of these subtypes so that you can get the best Ficus tree bonsai for your home and your taste.
Ficus religiosa bonsai (Peepal / Bodhi tree bonsai)
As a sacred plant the Ficus religiosa bonsai carries a significant spiritual value. The plant instantly brings peaceful and serene vibes indoors when brought into any interiors.
Pros of Ficus religiosa bonsai–
- Spiritual plant that is considered sacred
- Has heart-shaped leaves of rich dark-green color for creating peaceful vibes indoors
Cons of Ficus religiosa bonsai–
- Requires pruning from time to time on a regular basis
- Needs to be fed with fertilizer often during the summer season
Ficus microcarpa bonsai
The Ficus microcarpa bonsai tree is the most desired choice amongst indoor bonsai plants if you are looking for an aerial root structure that offers a “pot-bellied” appearance. In fact, these aerial roots of the Ficus microcarpa bonsai appear easily with little to no extra work.
- Allow the plant to develop a thick canopy of leaves at the top
- Make sure your Ficus microcarpa bonsai receives the right and regular amount of watering and aerial roots will appear.
Pros of Ficus microcarpa bonsai–
- Has large, glossy leaves of a rich dark-green color
- Takes hard pruning well, for maintaining its size as an indoor bonsai plant
Cons of Ficus microcarpa bonsai–
- Requires misting and intense watering for the best growth
- Prefers not to be moved around often
Ficus benjamina bonsai (weeping fig bonsai)
This Ficus bonsai is renowned for its feathery leaves that droop downward from the shoots thus giving it a beautiful “weeping” appearance.
Pros of Ficus benjamina bonsai–
- Easy available indoor bonsai plant
- Vigorous grower
Cons of Ficus benjamina bonsai–
- Easy defoliation or leaf drop makes it less desirable as an indoor bonsai plant
- Needs to be pruned in gradual steps rather than in one single attempt of pruning
Ficus benghalensis bonsai (Indian banyan tree bonsai)
Famously known as the Indian banyan tree bonsai, this plant is easily identifiable by all and a favorite amongst a large number of homeowners.
Pros of Ficus benghalensis bonsai–
- Graceful and elegant appearance as the National Tree of India
- Popularly considered as an auspicious plant in India
Cons of Ficus benghalensis bonsai–
- Prefer to be fertilized throughout the year
- Has a wide base that requires relatively more spacious interiors than other Ficus tree bonsai varieties
Ficus panda bonsai
This plant is easy to love because it offers the lustrous shine of glossy leaves along with the mystic and gnarly looks of the thick trunk.
Pros of Ficus panda bonsai–
- Has glossy dark-green leaves combined with a thick and gnarly bark (best of both worlds)
- Ideal Ficus tree bonsai variety for decorating the indoors.
Cons of Ficus panda bonsai–
- Needs regular pruning throughout the year
- Requires to be misted for showing its best growth and structure