Ficus

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The Ficus Bonsai is a favourite of beginners and experts alike and is the perfect Bonsai for indoors. Especially great for Canada, as this tree doesn't not like frost. In the summer, the Ficus is happy to be outside, ensuring the temperature stays above 15 degrees Celsius. The Ficus is a vigorous grower and easy to keep happy and growing healthy for many years. 

The Ficus available are the following species:

Tigerbark Ficus (Ficus Retusa)

Ficus Too-Little (Ficus Benjamina Dwarf)

Willow Leaf Ficus (Ficus Nerifolia)

Repotting is suggested every year or two under the age of 10. After the age of ten when the tree has matured and settled in, repotting every 3-5 years is fine.  The Ficus can withstand root pruning happily. If a thick growing trunk is desired, the Ficus can be left in a large pot with good drainage and not be pruned back until the desired thickness is achieved. After which the tree can be pruned back and will continue its growth.  

This Bonsai is probably your best bet as an indoor Bonsai, and you will enjoy it for years to come. 

These are not seeds - But Actual Bonsai Trees.

Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page, for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).

Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 

 

Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost

 

Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock

 

If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 

 

Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 

 

Fertilizer

One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.

  

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Gail Tenaglia (London, CA)
Young Ficus

Healthy and nice movement in trunk . I now have to trim and wire the branches . I will have to look at the root system . Lots of exciting work ahead .

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Gerald Porter (Beaumont, CA)

My ficus was lose in the box but was not damaged to bad. The azalea had lost some soil and is very yellow yet.

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charles pelletier (Montreal, CA)
Amazing Tree

Nice size, healthy and a lot of personality to it.

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Ken A (Regina, CA)
Great customer service

Had a little glitch with an order delivery and their customer service was outstanding.

Can say enough good things about them!

Will be ordering more products from them again.

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