CHINESE BANYAN (Ficus microcarpa)
Prevalent species in Bonsai can be found in different stores from time to time, as there are many commercial growers of this variety. Essential to make sure the plant is healthy and is in suitable soil and a well-draining container or pot.
Also known as the curtain fig, ficus ginseng and many other names - it is a tree in the fig family Moraceae, native to China and tropical Asia. It is a great indoor plant that will do well in any well-lit area in the house.
In the winter, if this Bonsai is placed in a warmer area, more water is required. If kept in a cooler place, it will only need to be kept slightly moist.
Watering: During the summer, feel the soil or stick a wooden chopstick in the soil to see whether it is damp or dry. If damp, the soil is fine. If dry, the Bonsai will need watering. Daily misting is also suggested to maintain humidity, but too much misting can create fungal problems.
Training: straightforward due to their flexibility. Strong branches should be shaped with guy wires because they can be left on the tree for a longer time.
Pruning: Regular pruning is necessary to retain the tree's shape. Not to be pruned back until the desired thickness is achieved. After which, the tree can be pruned back and will continue its growth.
Repotting: is best done during the winter/beginning of spring, every other year.
MATURE: 10"-16" tall, comes with a medium ceramic 8inch pot.
YOUNG: 10"-12" tall, in a 4" grower pot.
These are not seeds - But an Actual Living Bonsai Tree
Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page, for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).