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 Bonsai Tree Ficus

 By Erik A. Olsen

Bonsai trees can be designed from just about any ordinary tree but some seem to do better than others do. For example, a bonsai tree from ficus is one of the top choices for a number of reasons. First, when growing bonsai, you need a tree that has a good root system and ficus are known for their strong, durable roots. In fact, the ficus roots are so incredible that when planted outdoors, they can easily grow downward to two feet below ground. As the ficus roots grow, they twist and turn, creating an almost sausage-like appearance that is supported by the strong trunk.

The bonsai tree ficus was first introduced in the late 1950s and today, we see them grown around the world. When growing outdoors, they become towering trees that could fit into a 300-gallon pot but when trained, they also make an excellent miniature tree, thus the bonsai. Second, the bonsai tree ficus grows extremely well in full sun, making it one of the most popular trees grown indoors. Then, with more than 800 species and over 2,000 varieties of the ficus, you could have a blast choosing the exact tree you want for your bonsai. Because there are so many options, you might even choose more than one bonsai tree ficus to grow.

Now, if you were just starting out, and are not sure the bonsai tree ficus to go with, then you might consider the Banjamina variety. This particular tree is actually grown in bush form in the southern regions of Florida but transfers indoors extremely well. You will find this and other ficus varieties very versatile. Again, they do well in full sun but we recommend you provide them with a canopy of leaves if growing the bonsai outdoors. The nice thing about going with a bonsai tree ficus is that the leaves are generally small and the growing patterns are slow. With this, you can work with the bonsai easier, training it exactly as you like.

Some of the favorite bonsai tree ficus include the dwarf ficus, narrow-leaf ficus, and the weeping ficus. If you want to grow this miniature tree, then you need to keep your bonsai indoors all year long. Probably one of the most important aspects is the watering. This particular type of tree prefers to dry out between watering. Therefore, we suggest you feel the soil every day and when it dries, provide it some water. Now, while it likes to dry out, you do not want the tree to become bone dry. It is best to water your bonsai tree ficus in a sink where you can soak it for about five minutes by getting it wet, allowing it to drain, and then watering again. Then, you can place the bonsai in its normal location to enjoy. For growing your ficus indoors, grow lights have been found to be extremely beneficial.

For feeding your bonsai tree ficus, the best option is to provide it with fertilizer developed specifically for bonsai about every two weeks during the growing season. Although there are a number of fertilizers on the market, the best is an organic, liquid fertilizer. If all you can find is chemical fertilizers, these too are okay but you will want to dilute it about 50% to ensure the roots are not damaged. Another great option is organic pellets. Finally, your bonsai tree ficus will need the right level of humidity. You can use a humidity tray or if you are on a budget, a simple plate that is filled with rocks and water. Place the ficus on top of the stones to keep the soil from being soaked. To help the leaves grow strong, you can mist them daily. With the right care, you will be amazed at how well your ficus grows. With this, you can choose the style you prefer and enjoy the process of creating something magical.
 
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