Ficus neriifolia

Good morning Tuesday! The protagonist of today is a genus of trees especially suitable for the people we want make a bonsai without having to complicate us much. Its rusticity and resistance make Rubber plant some suitable plants to start in this art.

Cheer up and you will discover how to care for Ficus bonsai It is simpler than at first we could imagine.

ficus sp

Ficus Sp

The Ficus, for the most part, are trees of tropical or subtropical origin, but some like the loaded with figs or cut figs they can withstand mild, short-lived frosts down to minus 3 degrees Celsius. They are exceptional garden plants, since in a short time you can have an area where you can protect yourself from the sun, but … it must also be said that their roots could end up breaking pipes or lifting walls. So… What better than making bonsai?

For this, it is important that it is planted in a pot that is wider than it is deep, in a very porous substrate (with 70% akadama and 30% perlite, for example). In a short time, its trunk will have thickened enough – it is preferable that it be at least 2cm thick to be able to work it more comfortably – to transfer it to a bonsai tray. Once there, It will be when we can give it the design that we like the most.

rusty fig

Rusty fig

Let’s see the cultivation calendar of Ficus bonsai:

  • Spring: Before it begins to sprout, formation pruning can be done, that is, those in which we will give the tree the design we have chosen for it. It is also time to transplant, but it is important to bear in mind that, between transplanting and pruning, you have to allow about 2 months to pass.
  • Spring and summer: throughout the growing season it will be pinched to maintain the style, and fertilized with a specific compost for bonsai or, if you prefer to use something natural, you can use worm castings, compost or horse manure.
  • Fall: we have to remove the wire to place those branches that we do not just like. They will retire next spring.
  • Winter: in this season we will only take care that the substrate is not dry, and protect it from frost.

Has it been useful to you? If you have any questions about the care of Ficus bonsai, don’t wait any longer and tell us .