Plant Care Ficus Bonsai

Ficus Bonsai

About Ficus Bonsai

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 retusa

Also known as

ficus ginseng, Retuse fig and Ficus Ginseng

How to care for Ficus Bonsai


How often to water your Ficus Bonsai

Water needs for Ficus Bonsai
0.5 cups
every 9

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

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 Bonsai

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Bonsai in Oakland, California

Oakland, California

39% Low

Growing Ficus Bonsai in Oakland right now

Light needs for plant Ficus Bonsai in Oakland, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 31st, 2023

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

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

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Light needs for plant Ficus Bonsai in Oakland, California

Sunlight will increase by 39.1% ☀️

February 5th, 2023

Oakland is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Oakland is expected to increase by 39.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.8 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Ficus Bonsai in Oakland, California

Daylight will increase by 1.1 hours 📈

February 6th, 2023

This month, Oakland is getting an average of 8.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 11.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours of day…

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Finding light for Ficus Bonsai in your home

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

Ficus Bonsai 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 Oakland, California ⛅.

Ficus Bonsai does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Ficus Bonsai

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

When to repot Ficus Bonsai

Nutrient needs for plant Ficus Bonsai in Oakland, California

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

February 4th, 2023

The growing potential in Oakland is 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 repot…

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Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region

Care Summary for Ficus Bonsai

Ficus Bonsai

Ficus Bonsai

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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