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How To Grow A Ginseng Ficus Bonsai

Ginseng Ficus BonsaiGinseng Ficus bonsai (Ficus Microcarpa Ginseng) are best known for the immense roots protruding out of the ground which base the tree trunk.

The large exposed root system provides a tropical and well-aged look.

These trees typically grow small leaves in clusters to provide a weeping effect over the root system.


Ficus Microcarpa Ginseng are typically grown in the umbrella style.  These trees are typically designed to look like they are clinging to rocks or other objects.

The large roots and short nature of this tree are perfect for making it appear to be hanging on to the side of a cliff or trying to walk off a rock.


Ginseng Ficus bonsai need to be placed in a location that receives a large amount of light, while staying very humid.  This indoor bonsai tree will thrive in a kitchen or bathroom that receives much sunlight while shading the tree from midday sun.  These trees do not do well in drafty locations, or near heaters that dry the air.

Leaf and Branch Pruning

Leaf pruning should be conducted after the tree has grown 6-10 leaves.  At this point, trim the branches back to 2-4 leaves, allowing new branches with smaller leaves to grow.  Stick these branch cuttings into the ground to grow new trees.

This species is extremely easy to grow from cuttings, so simply stick the cut branches in the soil and water them regularly.  This will make the cuttings develop their own root systems and become more amazing bonsai trees.

Repotting & Soil

This species should be repotted every 2 to 3 years, cutting back about 10% of the root growth. This will allow the tree to continue to grow and not feel like it is out of room.

The exposed surface roots and root-over-rock styles allow us to plant Ginseng Ficus Bonsai in extremely shallow pots for more impressive results.

About The Author

I am an avid bonsai grower with over 2500 bonsai trees growing in my backyard at all times. I was born and raised in Boston, MA where I returned after 6 years in the US Army.


  1. Charlie Seligmann

    Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks|

    • Josh Stockton

      Hello Charlie,
      By all means, share away!

  2. thabo

    Hey;)! I’m a beginner in and i Just bought Ginseng Ficus bonsai tree and I don’t know its state of health neither its age and how can i taje good care of it, could you please help?


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