Plant ID forum: Bonsai tree with legs?

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Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3b)
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Bumbly8ee
Mar 3, 2017 2:24 AM CST
Check out my three legged happy tree. I've had it for about 5 years now.

What is it? And what's the best care for it? Green Grin!
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Name: Tofi
Sumatera, Indonesia
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tofitropic
Mar 3, 2017 3:51 AM CST
That is a ficus retusa i believes, although it is also labeled by some as variety of F microcarpa, I have no idea which ones is correct. In here we called it ginseng fig due to those swollen roots.
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DaisyI
Mar 3, 2017 10:48 AM CST
It is a Ficus. If you've had it for 5 years, you already know how to take care of it.
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tarev
Mar 3, 2017 12:24 PM CST
I have something similar, mine is labeled Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng'.
For my plant, it goes indoors during winter, but near a window. Still gets watering but I wait till top part dries out, and lesser frequency of watering during the cold months. When temps warm up nicely outdoors, temps overnight going 50F and above, it will go to a bright side of my patio but with some shade, since we do get very hot and dry here. It gets watered more frequently during the warmer, drier period. My media is very well draining and I can visually see if it is still wet, so I can delay watering as needed.

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Bumbly8ee
Mar 3, 2017 12:42 PM CST
DaisyI said:It is a Ficus. If you've had it for 5 years, you already know how to take care of it.


Most definitely. Just curious if anyone had any unusual tips or tricks with them. I've just been watering it when its dry.

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Bumbly8ee
Mar 3, 2017 12:42 PM CST
tofitropic said:That is a ficus retusa i believes, although it is also labeled by some as variety of F microcarpa, I have no idea which ones is correct. In here we called it ginseng fig due to those swollen roots.


Thank You!

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Bumbly8ee
Mar 3, 2017 12:44 PM CST
tarev said:I have something similar, mine is labeled Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng'.
For my plant, it goes indoors during winter, but near a window. Still gets watering but I wait till top part dries out, and lesser frequency of watering during the cold months. When temps warm up nicely outdoors, temps overnight going 50F and above, it will go to a bright side of my patio but with some shade, since we do get very hot and dry here. It gets watered more frequently during the warmer, drier period. My media is very well draining and I can visually see if it is still wet, so I can delay watering as needed.

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Yay! Thank you so much.
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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Mar 3, 2017 1:03 PM CST
Just a bit comment, Tarev's figs is indeed a Ficus microcarpa as a scion (with compact growth habit, and rounded leaves) grafted on Ficus retusa as stock for a ginseng-looks
For single ginseng fig, (like that of bumbly8ee) it is recommended to pruned them occasionally (spring is preferable) to created compact bushy plants, otherwise they tends to look spidery.
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tarev
Mar 4, 2017 10:24 AM CST
Bumbly8ee, if you intend later to bring it out, just be mindful of your outdoor temps, it will not like frosty conditions. I am glad this plant tolerates indoor growing nicely. It helps me bid time while waiting for another plant of mine Adenium obesum that goes quite dormant during winter.

I see your location is Saskatoon, I used to be from Winnipeg so I can imagine it will be quite a wait till the outdoor conditions go comfortably warm for your bonsai, might have to wait till late May if you wish to bring it out to start enjoying some summer feel.

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