Ficus Ginseng Bonsai Losing Leaves

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Causes and Solutions to Bonsai Ginseng Losing Leaves

Even though the ficus ginseng bonsai does not require intensive and sophisticated care, there are a few aspects that you should be careful about, one of them being your ginseng bonsai losing leaves. It is quite a common issue that occurs because of various reasons.

However be assured the problem of your ficus ginseng bonsai losing leaves is faced by many bonsai growers, especially by newbies experience in bonsai tree care.

Causes of Bonsai Losing Leaves

There are various causes for the yellowing and then dropping of the ficus ginseng leaves and they are all related to the bonsai tree care. So,there is a high probability that your ficus ginseng loses its leaves due to one or more of the following:

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1. Inadequate Light.

Ficus ginseng bonsai is sensitive to sun light; a good reason why your bonsai should not be kept near a hot sunny window. On the other hand, too little light is also bad for your ginseng bonsai, as its leaves will become yellow and will eventually drop.

Also, another bonsai tree care tip that you should not forget is to keep the bonsai away from lamps or other sources of artificial light, as their heat can harm the plant. Therefore, find a place where your bonsai ficus will enjoy natural light and in a position of relatively even temperature.

2. Too much or too little water.

Usually, in thdead and alivee bonsai stores you will find a note saying that you should not forget to water the ficus bonsai. Unfortunately, despite this warning, most bonsai growers will indeed forget to water their plant, fact that leads to the loss of the leaves.

An indoor ficus ginseng bonsai only needs water three or five time a week, unlike the outdoor bonsai that requires water every day. However, misting should be done daily even if you keep the ficus bonsai inside the house.

If your plant misses the right amount of water, then the problem of ficus ginseng bonsai losing leaves will occur. Alternatively, too much water is also harmful for your bonsai, with over wet soil increasing the risk of your ficus bonsai developing the disease root rot. Not only will your bonsai lose its leaves but it could die as well. :-(

3. Changing the position.

Your  bonsai must have its own place from the very beginning. Indoor bonsai thrive best if you not move it at all, or if you have to do this, make sure it happens only once or twice during its lifetime.monsieurmonchat


This is a plant that does not endure frequent changes of environment, temperature or humidity. Sudden changes of position can have drastic effects for your ficus bonsai, or any bonsai for that matter. Especially if the temperature and light in the new position are very different.


It is highly recommended to maintain a constant temperature in the room where the ficus bonsai is kept, probably best somewhere between 15 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius. Otherwise, your plant might react and its leaves will fall. Also, like with light and heat, remember to keep your bonsai plant away from air conditioners or heaters.

4. Pests and fungi.

Although the ficus bonsai tree is resistant to pests, sometimes it can be affected by this sort of diseased. If the disease threat is high, it will plague your bonsai and could the problem of your ficus ginseng bonsai losing leaves. This issue is caused by improper tree care.

For example,wachstum: bonsai erhält spritze in Erde, schutz if the air is too dry in the room or there is insufficient light or the soil to wet or inadequate, the different sorts of mites and parasites will start “attacking” your plant. They will literally eat the tree’s leaves, making them fall.

To avoid this serious issue, make sure to always check the leaves on their underside. If you see small dots on them or yellow spots, this means that your plant is infected.

To solve this problem, you should make use of an insecticide or mites spray. Besides that, don’t forget to improve the growing conditions of your ficus bonsai.

Ficus Ginseng Bonsai Losing leaves.

Bonsai tree care is not very difficult and once you get to figure out the essential guidelines, things will become much easier. Rest assured, because the ficus ginseng bonsai losing leaves is not a problem without solution and it’s definitely not a reason to give up on growing these beautiful and special trees.


Top Ficus Ginseng Bonsai Accessories That Make Perfect Gifts

The ficus ginseng bonsai accessories are the perfect gifts for someone who is passionate about bonsai trees. The bonsai is a beautiful oriental houseplant and one of the most appreciated trees among bonsai growers.

Whether you grow it in your own house or you’re offering it as a present, the ficus ginseng bonsai will be always a great choice because it is known in the bonsai world as the plant of beginners.

On the other hand, if you already know a bonsai lover, a couple of  bonsai accessories for their bonsai tree will definitely be the perfect gift. Below you will find some inspiring bonsai accessories and ideas that are guaranteed to appeal to every bonsai ginseng enthusiast.

Inspiring Bonsai Accessories for the Perfect Gift

• Bonsai Display Tables

As you probably know, bonsai represents a veritable art and it means much more than simply growing the tree. All the composing elements of the bonsai should be in total harmony, from the shape of the tree to the table on which it is displayed.

Display Table Size

The table on which your ginseng bonsai will sit should not overshadow the bonsai; on the contrary, it should show it off. Remember that a beautiful and high quality bonsai display table will emphasize the beauty of any  bonsai tree.

The Asians, especially the Chinese, Korean and Japanese people, respect and treasure to a great extent these bonsai trees; therefore they have strived to develop impressive and unique bonsai accessories.

Bonsai Table Styles

The different styles of disbonsai on display tableplaying bonsai require special tables that you can get from the specialized shops or that you can make at home in a DIY project. If you don’t want any complications, then you can look for a bamboo display stand, a table with scroll shaped legs or a round black table. All these are ideal ficus ginseng bonsai accessories for a bonsai grower.

Display Table Colour

The color of the table must compliment the tone of the bonsai pot, as to create balance

and harmony. If the bonsai owner likes simpler things, then looking for a minimalist wood table might be your best bet. Remember that the table should not necessarily be very large as the ficus bonsai has relatively small dimensions.

• Artistic and Pers2674630107_dda46e0686_zonalized Stones

The ficus ginseng bonsai is mostly known for its impressive aerial root whose aspect can be improved with a beautiful displaying rock. In the Japanese culture, there is something called suiseki, the art of stone appreciation and bonsai displaying, which promotes harmony and aesthetic views through natural and simple forms.

If you find special rocks with irregular corners and rough surface, you have discovered a real treasure for a bonsai lover. Offer them as a gift so that the receiver can train the root to grow under those stones. The little decorative rocks will offer a special aspect to any ficus ginseng bonsai if arranged above the soil.


They can also be exhibited around the ginseng bonsai pot for a more personalized arrangement. Either way, you can be sure that this is an original gift for every bonsai lover.

• Bonsai Accessories – Figurines

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The ficus ginseng bonsai design can be set apart by adding various figurines. So, this is another amazing ginseng bonsai accessory that you can offer as a gift. This way, you will help the bonsai owner create an interesting displaying scene for their bonsai.

You can go for different bonsai accessories made of ceramics, plastic or metal. There are several figurines that will maintain the specific oriental style, such as Chinese mud men, Chinese little boats or miniature Japanese ceramic lanterns. Other stylish figurines are ceramic cranes of different dimensions, miniature frogs and turtles or different other ceramic animals in miniature.

If you want to offer a truly unique gift, you can look for metal tags so that the bonsai lover can mark the most important events in their ficus ginseng bonsai life.

• Books About Ficus Ginseng Bonsai

Last, but not least, you can offer your bonsai passionate friend or family member a book about ginseng bonsais. This should not be difficult, as you can find such books online. These ficus ginseng bonsai accessories will be extremely helpful for any bonsai grower, whether they’re an expert or a newbie.

Some of the best books for bonsai beginners are: Indoor Bonsai for Beginners – Selection, Care & Training by Werner M. Busch and Bonsai Basics, Step-by-Step Guide to Growing, Training & General Care by Christian Pessey and Rémy Samson. For intermediate bonsai growers you can go for Bonsai; 101 Essential tips by Harry Tomlinson and Carol Watson, The Bonsai Handbook by David Prescott and Colin Lewis or Indoor bonsai by Paul Lesniewicz.

If you’re “dealing” with an advanced bonsai grower who already has a solid base in bonsai art, you can choose the Bonsai Master Class by Craig Coussins. Every bonsai lover will be happy to have such book in their collection.

The appreciation for bonsai has gone so far that different authors expressed their gratitude and admiration for bonsai tree in poems. You can find such collections of poems online, if you’re thinking about offering them as a gift.

Now, it’s up to you to pick up the best gift for your bonsai enthusiast and their special little tree. The number of ficus ginseng bonsai accessories are countless, so make sure you start the search in advance so as to be able to find the perfect match for your friend or family member.

Forms For Ficus Ginseng

Versatile and hardy, the ficus ginseng is a bonsai that can easily be adapted to any bonsai form or style. Understanding the different forms for ficus ginseng will allow you to better plan and sculpt your tree. Overall there are many forms which a bonsai can take and it is up to you as the bonsai tree grower to identify the form which will best suit and thus train the tree in that particular form.

Best Forms for Ficus Ginseng

Forms for ficus bonsai which I think work best include the multiple trunk form, group plantings and raft forms as well as root over rock. The reason I have identified these forms as the best forms for this type of bonsai tree, is that they harness the best attributes of the ficus ginseng bonsai which are it’s strong root base and full green foliage.

Ficus Ginseng Multiple Trunk Forms

The multiple trunk foFicus Ginseng Multiple Trunk Formrm highlights the intricate root and trunk formation  and can reinvigorate any ficus bonsai. As a rule any multiple trunk form bonsai should have at least three or more odd-numbered trunks growing from the same root base.

Trunks should vary in size, height and girth and as with a dual trunk bonsai, the branches should grow upwards and outwards into the light and create a triangular shape and combined crown. The image alongside paints a great picture of what is possible with the multiple trunk form.

Root Over Rock Forms


Thcer buergerianum, has its roots growing over a rock and its foliage and stems trimmed in the shape of a dragon.e root over rock form is another such form that is ideal for bonsai with exposed roots such as the ficus ginseng. With this form the bonsai is planted directly into a rock’s hole or depression or alternatively planted over a rock with its roots growing down into a pot filled with soil. This forms existence comes directly from nature where trees in certain rocky or mountainous regions must grow in and around rock formations and thus their root systems end up sprawled over barren rock.

Group Plantings and Raft Forms

Group plantings and raft forms are the two other forms I identified as ideal for growing bonsai ginseng and I will discuss these in a later post…

Acacia Bonsai

I’ve written about Acacia bonsai before on this blog but I think it’s important to show you guys also just how you go about caring for one of these trees.

I stumbled across this video on youtube and it does do the plant justice, hence why I though it’d be worthwhile posting this video on this particular bonsai.

 Care of Rabbits Foot Acacia Bonsai


Buxus Bonsai

The buxus bonsai is part of a family of over 70 species of evergreen shrub with its common name being box or boxwood as it is known in North America.

Buxus Bonsai a Perfect Bonsai Plant

buxus bonsaiIt is a plant perfect for bonsai with its immaculate small green leaves and rough bark giving it a very natural ‘tree’ feel. This species of plant is common in many places but predominantly found in tropical to sub-tropical regions around the world with the most density of species in Cuba and China.

As mentioned above the buxus bonsai have small leaves ranging in length from 1.5-5cm, while the buxus plant itself can grow up to 12metres if left to its own devices.

An interesting fact is that the rich orange/red wood itself is used extensively to produce certain parts of musical instruments.

Buxus Bonsai Tree Care

The buxus bonsai flowers in Spring and does love sun or very light shade. If kept indoors be sure to keep near a source of natural light for best results.

While the plant is hardy and robust by nature is does not like extreme temperatures, so if it gets rather cold (below -5 degrees Celsius) then think about bringing indoors. The result of very chilly conditions can be yellowy/bronze coloured leaves.

To keep your bonsai healthy it needs a good amount of water. Also think about feeding every 2-3 weeks during Spring/Summer. Re-potting should be done at least every 2-3 years during Spring using a good soil, the result of which will be a robust period of growth.

Pruning is a continual process with the buxus bonsai and something which should be kept on top of as the plant does have a tendency to break out. The heavy pruning will also allow more back budding to take place on inner branches, overall a win-win situation.

The main pests to watch out for is the box blight, a fungal disease. Box Blight infects the leaves before moving to the trunk and can result in some pretty nasty damage to your bonsai or even see it’s demise. Keep an eye out for any spots or uncharacteristic defoliation of your buxus bonsai and you should be ok.

Native Acacia Bonsai

Acacia is a plant variety predominant in Australia where some 960 of the 1300 species are found. Acacia including Acacia bonsai are scattered elsewhere around the world as far afield as Madagascar and Asia and the Americas. More commonly in Australia the species is known as Wattle and the Acacia Pycnantha or Golden Wattle makes up the Australian floral emblem. The species as a whole is found throughout the southern hemisphere.

Acacia Bonsai

Acacia as the post suggests can be formed into a bonsai and are quite an easy bonsai to grow and care for. Acacia are an outdoor evergreen and as such any bonsai equivalent should be given as much natural sunlight during the summer months and brought in during winter. The Acacia bonsai trademark is its feather like medium sized green leaves and iAcacia Bonsain some varieties thorny branches.

The plant variety itself is going through somewhat of a renaissance as a plant favored by landscapers keen to emulate Australian Native Landscapes. At we use the Acacia extensively in our gardens.

Care of Acacia Bonsai Tree

Caring for an Acacia bonsai is a fairly straight forward process and involves as mentioned above plenty of sun. This variety of bonsai will also respond quite well to a watering with most experts suggesting that two waters a day during summer will see your bonsai thrive and produce strong, lush green leaves. Feeding your plant at least every two to three weeks with a good low nitrogen fertilizer is essential and will result in a healthy bloom and will have your plant begging to be pruned, wired and made into something truly beautiful.

I suggest re-potting every three years with a proper well draining bonsai soil and do not be shy when trimming the roots as your Acacia bonsai will respond to a significant pruning. The plant is susceptible to all your typical bugs and pests so do keep an eye out for anything untoward.

Bonsai Melbourne

There are plenty of places to purchase bonsai in Melbourne, you just have to look in the right places. Bonsai is an ever growing hobby and it continues to come along in leaps and bounds in Melbourne.

melbourne australiaBest Melbourne Recommendations

Some of the best places to purchase bonsai in Melbourne I have listed below:

Orient Bonsai Nursery in Reservoir, Melbourne; they are importers, wholesalers and retailers of pots, tools and accessories for bonsai. They conduct demonstrations and courses are held every second Sunday between 10am and 12:30pm.

Bonsai Flora in Yarraville, Melbourne; this is a family run business and can be visited by appointment only, they have a number of different varieties of bonsai to choose from as well as unglazed pots for conifers and glazed pots for broad leaves, deciduous trees. Pots sold are of the highest quality and made in Japan.

Bonsai Boy in Yarraville, Melbourne; sell bonsai and offer a range of services and expertise including spiritual and horticural enlightment, they also rent out bonsai, something a little different but may interest.

Bonsai Art in Heatherton, Melbourne; run by Trevor McComb who has been growing and selling bonsai for nearly 30 years. His knowledge and passion for these plants is evident in the quality of trees and the professional advice and assistance available at the nursery. Have all the generic services of pot and plants sales.

There are plenty of other places to purchase bonsai in Melbourne including at your local nursery, however don’t expect the biggest range.

Bonsai Online

You don’t live in Melbourne Australia……well look at alternative sources including some online bonsai outlets. While these options are growing and becoming easy to access, it is not the same experience as browsing bonsai in a nursery and chatting to directly with the growers.

If you are new to bonsai and not sure what to buy, then consider the ficus ginseng as it is really great beginner plant.

Bonsai With Japanese Maples

The Japanese maple variety is perhaps one of my favourite varieties of plant in which to bonsai. Having said that, to bonsai with Japanese maples takes patience as it is a slow growing deciduous plant. It is native of Japan, but also China and Korea and grows well in most climates. Through my experience I have noticed it is quite a robust and hardy tree which is difficult to kill. Over the years I have both grown Japanese maple as a tree in itself from seedlings, but also turned many into bonsai and at this very moment I have two seedlings about 5 cm tall which I am growing. No doubt this will be a very LONG work in progress. However if patience isn’t your game, then perhaps bonsai isn’t the best hobby.

One of the important things to note when you bonsai with Japanese maples is that you will need to have a solid trunk in which to work off, in order to do this it’s necessary to give the plant a large pot, plenty of good soil, fertilizer and sun. In essence what you want to do is put the plant on steroids so that you have a lovely thick trunk to work with. As the plant grows it is essential to re-pot into a larger container and root prune to stimulate growth in early spring before the tree starts to produce new growth. The hardy nature of the Japanese maple will allow heavy root pruning, but it’s important to add that this must be done while the tree is still dormant.

When it comes to pruning bonsai with Japanese maples you can be a little creative as the plant does respond well and re-growth will occur if you mess up initially. You can both train with wire or simply clip and cut as you see fit and develop the plant to the desired shape, though I suggest having a good look at other Japanese maple bonsai and try to emulate their design. Japanese maple branches tend to naturally align themselves horizontally and this is evident if you look at any tree in your local area, given this, try to use this to your advantage and clip the plant to encourage further this layering.

To bonsai with Japanese maples is truly enjoyable and the fruits of your labour will be long lasting. In addition each season will also follow a changing in the leaf’s colour. Enjoy.

Bonsai Podocarpus

One of my favourite non ficus ginseng varieties of bonsai is bonsai podocarpus. Bonsai podocarpus is from the pine variety of trees and has several sub-categories including podocarpus alpinus – a dwarf form, podocarpus macrophylla or Buddhist pine, podocarpus macrophylla Maki, podocarpus nagi or yellowwood which is native of Japan, China and Taiwan and lastly podocarpus nivalis an alpine tree. All varieties have the distinctive dense, green pine needles with some varieties growing as high as 30 metres.

With its rich dark green foliage it is in my opinion one of the more beautiful varieties of bonsai which can be survive both indoor and outdoors. The bonsai podocarpus is a slow growing variety of bonsai but will grow at a quicker pace if given direct sunlight. It’s important to note that too much sunlight could result in burning of the leaves and drying of the soil. While it does not need direct sunlight and can be kept indoors, you may be waiting for an extended period for your bonsai podocarpus to grow.

Watering your bonsai podocarpus should be done regularly, along with misting of the leaves if kept indoors. While the bonsai podocarpus does enjoy a moist soil base it also requires suitably fast draining acidic soil. Feeding or fertilizing can be done fairly regularly during summer, perhaps as often as every two weeks and in summer reduce this by at least half.

Bonsai podocarpus does handle a savage pruning during growing season, however be more careful with the roots when re-potting as these do not handle a similarly intensive pruning. For best results, the rule of thumb is to prune no more than 1/10th of the original root system. Overall a wonderful bonsai for all seasons, but do remember this plant prefers temperatures above 10°C and while it will survive light frosts, its best to keep in doors during the colder months.

Where I Buy Bonsai Online

To buy bonsai online or not buy bonsai online that is the question, and it can be a tricky exercise if you are unsure of what you are after or what you are trying to achieve. However it does not need to be tricky and can in fact be a great way to get access to a larger array of products than your local nursery.

My fail safe system for when I buy bonsai online is:

- First decide precisely what plant or variety you are after (Understanding first what you’re after will save a lot of time and effort down the track and can be likened to having a shopping list prepared before you go to the supermarket).

- Decide on your budget when you buy bonsai online. Do not begin until you have set a budge as prices for bonsai on the internet can be anywhere from five dollars to $5000 dollars.

- Visit no more than two to three sites (anymore and you are probably going over the same products) and be sure to check that the seller is a top seller with a good record. I like to use Amazon as you can quite easily view how reputable the respective bonsai dealer is.

After you buy bonsai online be sure to read up and take the care required to keep it in good nick. If you purchase a ficus ginseng bonsai do take the time to check out my blog post on caring for ficus ginseng bonsai – one of the hardiest and best beginner varieties of bonsai.

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