Plant Care Ficus Ginseng

Ficus Ginseng

4.6 out of 5 (179 experiences)

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

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!


Ficus microcarpa

Also known as

Chinese Banyan, Malayan Banyan, Curtain Fig and Indian Laurel

How to care for Ficus Ginseng


How often to water your Ficus Ginseng

Water needs for Ficus Ginseng
0.5 cups
every 9

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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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 Ginseng

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Plant care guide for Ficus Ginseng in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Finding light for Ficus Ginseng in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ficus Ginseng: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ⛅.

Ficus Ginseng does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Ficus Ginseng

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ficus Ginseng: 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 Ginseng after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Ficus Ginseng is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Ficus Ginseng

Ficus Ginseng

Ficus Ginseng

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Ficus Ginseng has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 108
Ficus Ginseng has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 55
Ficus Ginseng has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 32
Ficus Ginseng has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 20
Ficus Ginseng has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 18
Ficus Ginseng has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 8
Ficus Ginseng has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
@ExactPlumtree avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Hernando, FL

very easy to take care of. a good starter plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@LittleDreamer25 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 305 XP
globe Sparta, WI

I didn’t think about how hard it would be to own one, but I’m excited and up for the challenge!

Christel avatar
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 344 XP

I made a Bonsai tree. It’s ower 20 year old

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@babigrimesz avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 165 XP
globe Sale, England

difficult to look after i think .. :/

@ChummyBonsi avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 32 XP

I love my tree

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Madi avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 572 XP

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Cheryl avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,303 XP

Bonsai 5 yrs old growing fast

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Icecreemman100 avatar
leaf-1 111 Plants
xp 6,093 XP
globe Eau Claire, WI

This is the perfect starting plant, will survive almost anything.

Survivor Survivor
@sweet_tofu avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 795 XP

grows very easily and requires just a watering every now and then! great for people only just starting with plants

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Mossinmysocks avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP
globe Willington, CT

I’m going to admit I’m not the best plant parent at times and often I forget to water my ficus : ( But, he always powers through and continues to grow and prosper. As long as your little buddy is getting lots of sunlight he’s a survivor and super easy to care for!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@AlliesWateringLife avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 161 XP

Very pretty. For any of those tree-lovers, this plant would be for you. It’s like having a miniature tree! I love it!

@EliSaavedra avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 490 XP
globe Homewood, IL

Bought it full of leaves and green then they all started dying, this was two months ago, and now I see new buds and looks like the plant is coming back

Survivor Survivor
@faithiweddle avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 2,999 XP

He is losing his leaves quickly!

@Chew_becca avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 171 XP
globe Allendale Charter Township, MI

A fan favorite

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@Earthling.olive avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 602 XP

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 😁

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@rosie avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 125 XP

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

Survivor Survivor
@laj551 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 229 XP
globe Goliad, TX

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
@NellBell85 avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 495 XP
globe Boulder, CO

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
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Trudy avatar
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 599 XP
globe Grand Junction, CO

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
Emmanuelle avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Sept-Îles, Québec

Easy to grow

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