How to Care for a Ficus Bonsai Tree

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How to Care for a Ficus Bonsai Tree
Bonsai Tree (bonsai tree image by Ana Stefanovic from

The ficus is one of the most popular bonsai species for beginners. One reason is because it is one of only a handful of "indoor" bonsais. Because bonsai in general are delicate trees, first time owners of the ficus bonsai may get intimidated when it comes to caring for the bonsai. However, if you keep a few things in mind, you can care for your ficus without doing any harm.

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Things you need

  • Ficus bonsai
  • Pruning shears
  • Plant food
  • Water
  • Bonsai planting pot

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  1. 1

    Place you potted ficus bonsai indoors, preferably near a window that receives plenty of sun.

  2. 2

    Keep the indoor temperature above 15.6 degrees Celsius.

  3. 3

    Water the ficus enough so that the soil stays damp. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

  4. 4

    Trim new growth during the growing seasons (spring and summer) by clipping new growth shoots at the base with pruning sheers. Consider the look and shape that you desire, and cut foliage accordingly. Unlike some bonsai species (such as the Juniper), foliage should not be "pinched" off.

  5. 5

    Use a basic, natural plant food once a month during the growing season.

  6. 6

    Re-pot the bonsai once every two years. When repotting, trim the roots to make a nice compact root system. Keep the freshly potted ficus out of the sunlight for a week or two to help the trimmed roots acclimate themselves to their new pot.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not keep a ficus outside for more than a couple of hours.

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