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Ficus retusa (bonsai)

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Ficus retusa (sometimes called Ficus ginseng) is a classic choice for an indoor bonsai and is part of the fig tree family. Bulbous, woody stems create interesting holes and crevices resembling a baobab tree. With consistent watering, this is a great choice for a beginner bonsai. 

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Registered name: Ficus retusa

Parent lineage: Ficus retusa

Origin: Malay Archipelago, Southeast Asia

Type: Terrestrial, Tropical

Pot Size: 4in

Plant height: Variable, can be pruned to desired shape and height

Bloom info: No blooms

Fragrant: No

Toxic: Yes, if ingested. Sap is a mild irritant


Potting mix: Well-draining soil/peat and gravel mix. Good drainage is key. Repot in mid-Summer every 4-5 years.

Light: Bright indirect light. Shielded South or West facing preferred.

Water: Water when just dry (1-2 inches of the soil is dry). Leaves will crisp and drop with inconsistent watering.

Temp: Warm (50F min night, 85F max day). Sensitive to drafts - will drop leaves with temperature fluctuations.

Humidity: 30-70%. Higher humidity during the warm months is preferred.

Fertilizing: 1/2 strength soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer or bonsai fertilizer applied twice monthly during active growth. Decrease in Winter.