Ficus Ginseng – All you need to know
Ficus microcarpa ginseng is a Bonsai-tree with its origin in Malaysia. There are various other names by which it is known, like the Indian-Laurel-Fig, Banyan-Fig and Taiwan-Ficus. Growing this in your home is said to be one of the easiest tasks. Do if you are new to Bonsai-gardening, you can start your program with this beautiful experiment.
The most prominently grown regions of this Bonsai-tree are Asian-Continent, African-Continent, South-American-Continent and the Australian-Continent. However it is highly popular in Malaysia as well as China. In Chinese language, the word Ginseng means root.
It belongs to the Mulberry-plant family. Approximately there are about 2000 species belonging to the Ficus family today, the most famous is the Siberian ginseng, among which the ficus is said to be the best for good for growing at home. The Latex-sap of the tree looks milky-white in color, which literally “bleeds” when a small cut is made on it. Being highly sensitive in nature, it is recommended that you take absolute care for its stems while it is in its early stages of growth and even after.
It comes from the tropical-regions of ever-green trees. It is usually pollinated by Fig-wasps. This is largely because of the fact that these wasps find fig to be the only places where they can breed and grow. This intrinsic mutual-relation is said to be developing over 60-million years in history now! The most interesting aspect is that, every species of Fig is associated with a unique Fig-Wasp breed.
What are its characteristics?
The miniature tree is mostly oval in its shape with red-colored bark. The tree-trunk is said to be very thick in nature and it has green-leaf filled branches. The leaves vary in their shape from oval to needle-like, depending on the type of ginseng. The tree’s roots originate from the ground-level and it grows vertically upwards.
Being tropical in nature, Fig-Ginseng can withstand warm temperature and humid climates. Make sure that the room temperature does not go below 15-degrees if you wish the plant life to last longer.
Ideal place of growth
The most ideal place for the plant to safely grow into a Bonsai-tree is within your home interiors. You need to protect it from direct sun-light, in order to avoid drying out of its leaves and sensitive stem. For the same reason it is better to avoid placing the tree-pots anywhere near the heat-generating lamps. Minimum of 15-20 inches needs to be maintained between your Fig-Ginseng tree and the lamp.
What are the benefits of growing it at home?
- Air-purification: If your home is in an area susceptible to air pollution, keeping a couple of plants in every room could help you. Place the plant near the window in such a way that it is away from direct sunlight. This will naturally lean the incoming air.
- The cut-branches are also used for treating stress-related issues: Take out the outer skin of the branch and finely scrap it into fine pieces. Now you will be able to add it with the tea powder while boiling it. Filter out the content and use the tea-concentrate for consumption NOTE: – Consult your Fig-tree supplier to know about the type of Fig-Ginseng you have purchased before using for consumption. You need to ask him explicitly whether you can use it for consumption!
- Interior-Decoration: What would happen if your home were to be surrounded with heavenly beautiful mini-trees! You could practically place the plant at any place of your choice. Your drawing room and work-table can be decorated with intuitively designed pots in which you keep the tree. Even the pruning and shaping of the tree can be done in various styles to match your tastes. You can also give away these beautiful miniature trees as gifts to your friends and dear ones during special occasions. They would love to have them at their homes, which spread happiness during all seasons.
What are the growing/caring methods?
Fig-Ginseng grows best in moist conditions. You can always keep the Pot with good-quality tap-water and spray its branches almost every-day. Keep watching the soil for any dryness. Once it gets little bit dry, make sure that you have watered it.
Changing the Fig-Ginseng-Tree pot
This tree is said to have a life-span of almost 15 years from its sapling-age. Experts recommend that you need to increase the pot size once in 1-2 years, depending upon the pace of its growth. Once you become familiar with the plant, you will be able to know exactly when to change the pot.
You can use good quality fertilizers, which are highly rich in nitrogen, vitamins and phosphoric-acid. Besides, you can also use natural fertilizers like the Fish/Kelp blend to keep the growth more effective in nature.
What are the common problems faced/solutions?
- The miniature-tree is said to be mostly free from any pest-attack and diseases.
- Pruning of the tree could be a major problem, if you are new to Bonsai-gardening. You need to select the right kind of cutting and shaping tools to do it.
- Take special care while pruning its leaves. Choose only the old and yellowish leaves to cut out.
- Avoid too frequent pruning of the branches, for they are quite sensitive in nature. If you find that your tree is taking more horizontal space, move it to a location in your home which can accommodate it. However, excessively growing branches can be cut by sharp-scissors
What are the Breeding options?
You can use the cut branches of the tree to breed new ones. Make sure that one end of the cut branch is covered with moist soil mass and it is planted within the next 1 hour after cutting off from the tree. This will ensure new life to it.
The ficus ginseng has been chosen as one of the best plant for your home! So congratulations to you if you have chosen to bring this plant to your home ! It is rated at top among the most selected tree during this season by Bosai-lovers.