4.6 out of 5 (178 experiences)
About Ficus Ginseng
Did you know that all plants in the Ficus genus produce figs? In fact, the word Ficus quite literally means figs! Even cooler, all figs are pollinated by tiny wasps that use the fruits as a safe place to raise their young. 🐝 Ficus plants also contain latex which emerges as a milky sap when twigs are broken. This latex makes them toxic, so be sure to keep a close eye out if you have children or pets!
Also known as
Chinese Banyan, Malayan Banyan, Curtain Fig and Indian Laurel
How to care for Ficus Ginseng
Ficus Ginseng needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Chicago, Illinois.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
December 2nd, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Chicago is currently very low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…
December 1st, 2022
Chicago is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to decrease by 31% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…
December 2nd, 2022
This month, Chicago is getting an average of 8.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.0 total hours of dayl…
Ficus Ginseng love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ⛅.
Ficus Ginseng does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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 Ginseng after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
November 30th, 2022
The growing potential in Chicago is very low 📉.
Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.
It's best to …
What other plant parents say
I love my bonsai; however, it is a little picky and difficult to care for. When I first got it, it came in a plastic pot which seemed to work fine but I always repot my plants in terracotta pots so after a month or so I did! It worked charms and was doing really well and was SUPER lush and full… Then out of nowhere it started dropping leaves and browning rapidly. It was losing 20 ish leaves a day and eventually it only had about 10 leaves left. I was super bummed and thought I killed it, but I placed it next to a growing light in hopes that would help, which is did!! Not only has it made a comeback, but it is now thriving. Ficus ginseng are tricky little guys, but worth it.
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.