SoullessSolace
Newly Registered
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:03 am
Location: South Africa

How to Care for a Ficus Ginseng Bonsai?

I was some what surprised when last night i was given a Ficus Ginseng bonzai as a belated bday gift from my brother and his wife....
frankly... i have no idea what to do with it.. i've been reading the forums, i've watered it as advised. its been misted, standing where it can get a decent but not overwhelming about of light, it's got a chopstick in it to check the water level in future... but now i have no clue what to do with the top. i'll try to get some pictures up asap but any advice u can give me in the mean time would be great.

User avatar
djlen
Green Thumb
Posts: 660
Joined: Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:37 am
Location: Just East of Zone 7a

Welcome to the board 'SS'!!
We always love pictures and that would be of great assistance in helping/advising.
Your tree doesn't have stones/moss, or anything else glued to the surface
of the media does it? Many of these 'present' bonsai's are bought at the mall or Walmart typ places and are pretty but the glued stuff has to come off.
Regards,
Len

"As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines"
- Virgil
"I rarely agree with most of what I say........." -
- Len
_________
How To Post A Picture

User avatar
Gnome
Mod
Posts: 5122
Joined: Wed Jul 05, 2006 4:17 am
Location: Western PA USDA Zone 6A

SoullessSolace,

Hi, good advice from Len. Glued on topdressing, if present, must come off.
i've been reading the forums, i've watered it as advised. its been misted, standing where it can get a decent but not overwhelming about of light, it's got a chopstick in it to check the water level in future... but now i have no clue what to do with the top.
Sounds like you have the basics covered for now. Don't feel the need to do any pruning or wiring right away. Allow the tree a chance to become acclimated to its new environment before you make any big changes.

Norm

SoullessSolace
Newly Registered
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:03 am
Location: South Africa

well... we don't have walmarts etc here so i believe it was bought at a nursery, it has nothing glued on and no moss. its in a nice oval ceramic pot.

Front
[img]https://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/soullesssolace/Photo-0014.jpg[/img]

Top
[img]https://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/soullesssolace/Photo-0015.jpg[/img]

Right
[img]https://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/soullesssolace/Photo-0016.jpg[/img]

Back
[img]https://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/soullesssolace/Photo-0017.jpg[/img]

Left
[img]https://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/soullesssolace/Photo-0018.jpg[/img]

Roots
[img]https://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/soullesssolace/Photo-0019.jpg[/img][/u]

User avatar
GardenerX
Senior Member
Posts: 240
Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:45 am
Location: Cleveland, TX

nice tree,

I agree with Norm I screwed up and almost killed one of my trees by working on it to soon but now I'm better at the art and am trying new things but like Norm said I would wait to do anything....
signed GardenerX,
Plants are children of Mother Earth and Father Time, as they cling to their mother for comfort today, Father Time works his ways to shape their FUTURE...

SoullessSolace
Newly Registered
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:03 am
Location: South Africa

OK... thanks for the advice guys... while I've expressed a passing interest in Bonsai trees, mainly due to my interest in tradition Japanese culture and art forms, i never expected to pick it up as a hobby... and i still haven't... as i said i was presented with the tree as a belated birthday gift so kinda in the deep end here. however being the person i am... i already know what tree i want to use as my next Bonsai... but that will wait a little while still.

User avatar
GardenerX
Senior Member
Posts: 240
Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:45 am
Location: Cleveland, TX

hey,

I have a suggestion for a book I read from my local library you might want to look into it it's very nice andgives very good detail of what to do and how to do it, it's called (The Bonsai Workshop)


hope this helps, and good luck
signed GardenerX,
Plants are children of Mother Earth and Father Time, as they cling to their mother for comfort today, Father Time works his ways to shape their FUTURE...

User avatar
bonsaiboy
Greener Thumb
Posts: 892
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:54 am
Location: Earth

The soil should be changed to something more bonsai friendly soon. Remember not to let it stand in water, and to plant it in a pot with drainage holes. And as a word of advice: this type of ficus is prone to a root rot condition if allowed to completely dry out. Do not let the soil go completely dry.
הדמיון הוא יותר חשוב מאשר ידע

SoullessSolace
Newly Registered
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:03 am
Location: South Africa

GX: Thanks... i'll keep an eye out for that book... doubt i'll find it in my libraries but could probably order it through a book shop..

Bonsaiboy: The soil appears to be good soil for bonsai from what i've read and seen online, the pot does have drainage holes and it is properly watered but i will keep all u said in mind. thanks

Return to “Indoor Bonsai Forum”