Plant Care Ficus Ginseng

Ficus Ginseng

4.6 out of 5 (158 experiences)

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

About Ficus Ginseng

Ficus Ginseng is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with a whopping 2683 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Ficus Ginseng likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


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

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Ficus Ginseng in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Growing Ficus Ginseng in Philadelphia right now

Light needs for plant Ficus Ginseng in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 5th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Philadelphia is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in…

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Light needs for plant Ficus Ginseng in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 26% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

Philadelphia is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Philadelphia is expected to decrease by 26% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.7 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant Ficus Ginseng in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

December 5th, 2021

This month, Philadelphia is getting an average of 8.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of …

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Finding light for Ficus Ginseng in your home

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

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

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ⛅.


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.

When to repot Ficus Ginseng

Nutrient needs for plant Ficus Ginseng in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 5th, 2021

The growing potential in Philadelphia 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 bes…

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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!

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Care Summary for Ficus Ginseng

Ficus Ginseng

Ficus Ginseng

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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 98
Ficus Ginseng has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 46
Ficus Ginseng has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 29
Ficus Ginseng has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 18
Ficus Ginseng has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 17
Ficus Ginseng has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 15
Ficus Ginseng has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 8
Ficus Ginseng has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 427 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
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 28 XP
globe Willington, Connecticut

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
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 134 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!

Pet friendly Pet friendly
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 285 XP
globe Homewood, Illinois

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
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leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 542 XP
globe Lowestoft, England

He is losing his leaves quickly!

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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 163 XP
globe Allendale Charter Township, Michigan

A fan favorite

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 572 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 2 Plants
xp 72 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
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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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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leaf-1 20 Plants
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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
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 401 XP
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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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Sept-Îles, Québec

Easy to grow

Pet friendly Pet friendly
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leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 490 XP
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
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 98 XP
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
xp 280 XP
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 182 XP

Amazing plant to have in your home.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Rebecca avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,821 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois

Adorable little plant!!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 33 Plants
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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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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 57 XP

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
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 65 XP
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

Survivor Survivor

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