Plant Care Ficus Microcarpa

Ficus Microcarpa

4.6 out of 5 (152 experiences)

Ficus Microcarpa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Ficus Microcarpa has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Ficus Ginseng, Ficus Ginseng, Chinese banyan, Malayan banyan, curtain fig and Indian Laurel


Ficus microcarpa

How to care for Ficus Microcarpa


How often to water your Ficus Microcarpa

Water needs for Ficus Microcarpa
0.5 cups
every 9

Ficus Microcarpa needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Ficus Microcarpa

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Ficus Ginseng in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ficus Microcarpa: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Ficus Microcarpa may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Ficus Microcarpa

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ficus Microcarpa: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Ficus Microcarpa after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Ficus Microcarpa

Ficus Microcarpa

Ficus Microcarpa

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Ficus Microcarpa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 96
Ficus Microcarpa has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 44
Ficus Microcarpa has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 30
Ficus Microcarpa has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 18
Ficus Microcarpa has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 16
Ficus Microcarpa has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 14
Ficus Microcarpa has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 8
Ficus Microcarpa has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
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globe Lowestoft, England

He is losing his leaves quickly!

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globe Allendale Charter Township, Michigan

A fan favorite

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Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 31 Plants
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So far I really love my ficus! I’m still learning how to take care of it and so far I haven’t had any problems that I’m aware of. Honestly so pretty and I can’t wait for it to grow big and strong 😁

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Survivor Survivor
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they are VERY forgiving if you over/under water and also look very nice! although they are on the expensive side i don’t regret getting one at all

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globe Goliad, Texas

it’s very pretty but if you are a day late watering it the leaves will start falling off pretty quickly

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Boulder, Colorado

I got this little guy recently bc I love the feature on the trunk that reminds me of an elfin face. It’s easy to care for, & a nice bonsai. I plan to let grow for awhile & then style it as a bonsai in s few years. I would absolutely recommend this as for anyone, as it is easy to keep happy inside year round.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 16 Plants
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globe Grand Junction, Colorado

Mine just happens to be too cute… that being said, I think they like to drink🤷🏻‍♀️ seems they brown more if I let them get too dry, haven’t had it very long.

Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Sept-Îles, Québec

Easy to grow

Pet friendly Pet friendly
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globe Davison, Michigan

I’ve had this for around a year now, and I have had no issues. My two cats haven’t had any problems with it. It has thrived in its shady spot near my window, which gets no direct sunlight and just partial sunlight. I would definitely recommend getting one!

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe South River, New Jersey

I love Bonsai trees like mine since they are easy to take care of and are very adjustable to environments.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 8 Plants
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globe Euclid, Ohio

Very easy watering schedule but learning the art of pruning is the challenge. But a excellent starter bonzi type plant for the beginner

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 175 XP

Amazing plant to have in your home.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Chicago, Illinois

Adorable little plant!!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Tyler, Texas

This bonsai has been through it she had a massive aphid infestation and lost alllll of her leaves but now she has a ton of new growth! I am glad I didn’t give up on her. I also have noticed that these bonsais at Lowe’s (where I got her) ten to come with aphids so I think they are pretty prone to having them.

Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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You are supposed to repot them EVERY TWO YEARS! And likely when you buy it as well. No one told me this… I repotted mine for the first time after 5 years.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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globe London, England

Don’t have to water much just keep at a nice warm temperature in not too much light and make sure it’s not too dry. Quite easy for a bonsai tree

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I think it’s a funky plant and I saw this little growth on the side and then it grew into an entire branch with its own leaves and everything. I’ve loved watching my little plant grow it even looks like it has its own ass

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Adam avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
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Grows beautiful roots

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globe Columbus, Ohio

My ficus & money tree are my favorite plants. The ficus is a bonsai (I think) but is cool to watch grow, and shaping it. And every week or so, put the water in….very easy for beginners to experts who can take it to the next level.

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globe Bristol, England

Beautiful and really sets a room.

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