All the beauty and elegance of a bonsai, without the extreme difficulty! Ficus microcarpa can be made yet easier by the addition of a self-watering pot. The contortions in the trunk and tree-like proportions create a fascinating oriental plant that will thrive for many years with minimal care. Simply place it in a bright spot out of direct midday sun, don't move it and enjoy!
Will thrive for many many years with the correct maintenance. It's crucial if you are keeping this plant for a long time to clip it slowly and in the correct spots to create the illusion of it being a miniature tree.
This plant is actually two species of plants growing together in tandem. The wooded stem is Ficus microcarpa, and the leafy branches are Ficus retusa. They are grown together to create the wonderful bonsai effect. Clip back the new growth of microcarpa as they appear by cutting close to the trunk. You will notice the difference.
Temperature The warmer the better, but don’t worry too much if it has a night or two below ideal temperatures. It is more likely to tolerate cold if the compost is dry.
Wateringhis tree should be allowed to dry out between waterings (test the soil with your finger and if the top inch is dry, water it). This will be a much slower process in winter. It will massively benefit from misting as well. When misting the plant, try and get as much of the trunk wet as possible. This helps to sustain the main plant as well as the secondary plant bonded to the sides.
Feeding It will benefit from a liquid plant food once a month during spring and summer, and once or twice throughout the whole of winter if it appears to be growing.
Tips Most of the pruning work on this plant will be done during the growing season (the middle months of the year) but there may also be some during winter as it does tend to give itself extra growth during this time. When clipping it back, go slowly over a period of several days to avoid shocking the plant.
Light Level Being a tree, it can take an amount of direct sun. It will especially appreciate this over the winter months. It is not a necessity though, as it will thrive anywhere bright. The more light and water it has, the faster it will grow. If you want less maintenance, pop it into a slightly darker position where it will maintain its current shape for longer. Not too dark though, or it will drop its leaves.