Bonsai Podacate - Plant
Ficus Bonsai Also known as the common Fig and Chinese Banyan, this bonsai tree grows naturally in Southwest Asia. There are hundreds of species, most of them tropical and evergreen, although some are deciduous. Many varieties are natural dwarfs. Ficus is one of the most popular trees for indoor Bonsai.It is an excellent tree for beginners and pros alike. Virtually care free; they tolerate low light and humidity of a heated or air-conditioned house. The â€œbanyanâ€ style roots are commonly trained in a root-over-rock style.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Acer ginnala,Picea glauca Albertina,Pinus halepensis||Green||june to sept||0.5 to 3ft||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Bonsai trees live in small pots and their world dries out much quicker than plants in the ground or in bigger pots, so close attention should be paid to watering. Check and water your bonsai every day. Striking a balance between not enough water and too much water can be a bit tricky but is very important.Water thoroughly and deeply when it needs water and let it catch its breath before watering again. An old bonsai watering trick is to place the entire pot in a sink of water an inch or two deep and let the water absorb from the holes in the bottom of the pot. Another favorite way to know if it needs watering is to lift it. You can get a sense for whether it needs watering by its weight.An inexpensive moisture meter takes the guesswork out of watering. Water slowly so it absorbs into the dirt, otherwise the water will run all over your table. Mist occasionally with a spray bottle too. It helps take the burden off of the roots especially when itâ€™s very hot and dry out. We pot our bonsai trees specifically to drain well, so itâ€™s almost impossible to over water.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||well-drained soil||Medium||64 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit||Fertilizing a bonsai is essential to its health because the nutrients in the soil leave very quickly with the water. When new growth appears in the spring itâ€™s time to start feeding your bonsai. Use an organic liquid fertilizer or a chemical fertilizer diluted to one half strength. |
Fertilize every two weeks during the growing season and once a month in the winter. Ficus responds quickly and enthusiastically to fertilizing; do not skip it.
- It is very crucial to manage the temperature during the summer. The placement of the bonsai trees will depend on their origin. Tropical trees should be in warmer environments while temperate species should be placed in the shade or in a partly-shaded area. These temperate species are very sensitive to extreme temperatures.
Similarly, tropical species may also die from extremely high temperatures. In fact, they are more likely to be damaged by heat than other plants.
Bonsai tree growers should decide on a winter survival method for their plants. Again, their decision will depend on the bonsaiâ€™s origin. It is highly recommended that they change the placement of the plant before the temperature has dropped. This will help them minimize damage to roots due to very low temperatures.
Special features: Acer ginnala
A small tree to 10 meters tall with narrow compact crown and cultivated in many parts of Europe and North America as a Boulevard tree for its gray bark, reddish brown twigs, light to lemon coloured spring foliage and flamboyant red autumn foliage. All the characteristics which make it a Bonsai which is appreciated through out the year.
Picea glauca Albertina A Popular Tree in American Gardens the Dwarf Alberta spruce trees may eventually reach 12 in height, but only over a long period of time as it just grows between 2"-4" per year. They have a classic "Christmas tree" shape. The green needles have a tight, densely-packed growth habit that gives dwarf Alberta spruce trees a "fuzzy" look. They make lovely Bonsai.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Its generally kep indoor in living room and in terrac area.