Ficus Bonsai – Fusing Gardening with Art
Bonsai trees gives the gardener a chance to fuse gardening with art, and a Ficus bonsai is a perfect choice for beginners. It looks just a miniature version of the large bonsai trees with which many people are familiar.
There are a few varieties of Ficus bonsai from which you can choose, and all are slow growing and perfectly suited for use as indoor bonsai trees. These plants are not difficult to care for, but you must learn the proper care and then be diligent about it.
No matter which type of Ficus bonsai that you choose, you must always keep the plant indoors. Some growers enjoy setting the plant on their porch for a few hours in mild weather. This is probably fine, but the plant should mostly be kept indoors.
Never bring the plant outdoors in the winter months.
Ficus bonsai has simple watering needs, but you must be very consistent in their care. The soil should be dry to the touch before adding more water, BUT it should not be allowed to remain dry for very long.
When working with Ficus bonsai, repotting is an important part of the process. While you do not want to repot more than is necessary, you should aim for a new pot every two or three years. The reason that you can usually wait so long is that, as mentioned above, these are slow growing plants.
Some Ficus bonsai will experience spurts of sudden growth. Naturally, anytime that you notice the plant is crowded, you should repot right away. Other than in that instance, it is best to do your repotting in the spring. Once the plant is in the new pot, you will want to keep it out of the sunlight for a few weeks. This will allow the roots to become secure. After that time, you can resume the normal care of the plant.
The shaping of a bonsai tree is where the art comes in. This is done by using a combination of pruning and wire placement to cause the tree to take on the shape that you desire. This is a skill that is learned and perfected over time.
Many local nurseries offer classes on shaping bonsai trees. If you are new to this art form, it is a really good idea to take a class rather than trying to learn by reading a book. By taking a class, you will have the chance to take part in hands-on instruction while the teacher is right there to answer any questions and nudge you in the right direction.
Unlike any other houseplants, Ficus bonsai plants are a true reflection of your personal taste and style. Not only do you get the care for the plant, but you also get to shape it and mold it into something that is not only beautiful, but is 100% unique.
Bonsai plants can be pieces of art, conversation pieces and the most beautiful type of accessory for your home décor. If you are interested in giving this art form a try, visit your local nursery to get started.