Houseplants forum: Ficus Bonsai- which species?

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Hamwild
Apr 12, 2018 9:49 AM CST
Hi folks, I tip my hat to you.

My Mom bought me this ficus bonsai a couple weeks ago and I'm not familiar enough with Ficus to know what species it is. It seems happy from what I can tell, but I'd like to give myself a heads up in case it's one of those that's going to throw a fit come winter when it comes inside. Big Grin

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Thank You!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 12, 2018 10:00 AM CST
There are probably many Ficus that are trained as Bonsia; I know that Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) is one often grown that way but the leaves on your plant look larger than those of Weeping Ficus.



Your plant might be a variety of Cuban Laurel (Ficus microcarpa)


Golden Gate Ficus (Ficus microcarpa 'Golden Gate')


Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng'
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Hamwild
Apr 12, 2018 10:03 AM CST
Thank You!

Hmm, it most closely resembles 'Ginseng' to me, but I am not the best with comparing pictures of plants. Smiling
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WillC
Apr 12, 2018 12:59 PM CST
It is probably either a Ginseng or a Retusa. However, in terms of care, it really makes no difference. It will probably lose some leaves if the light is changed significantly. Bonsais do best indoors year-round in a sunny location. There is no advantage to moving it outside in the warmer months, but if you do, keep it in light shade.

The whole point of Bonsai is to keep the tree miniaturized. The only way to do that is to prune back stems and branches regularly so it never gets much bigger than it is now and so that it maintains its overall shape. It will also never need a larger pot. Because it is in a small pot, it is very hard to overwater unless the pot has no drain holes.
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