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25 - 35cm Ficus Microcarpa Bonsai Rubber Plant 12cm Pot House Plant

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£26.99 £17.99

Delivery Time: Delivered within 1-2 working days. £6.99 for Unlimited Plants

The Ficus Microcarpa, also known as Chinese Banyan, Indian Laurel, or Curtain Fig, is a popular choice for bonsai due to its robustness, glossy leaves, and a thick trunk that can be easily shaped. These trees are native to the tropical regions of Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands, and they make beautiful indoor bonsai when properly cared for.

Here's a comprehensive guide to caring for a Ficus Microcarpa Bonsai:

1. Light: Ficus Microcarpa Bonsai enjoys a bright location with indirect sunlight. Avoid placing the bonsai under direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves. However, if the leaves start to turn yellow and drop, it may be a sign that the tree isn't receiving enough light.

2. Watering: Bonsai trees have specific watering needs. The key is to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the topsoil feels slightly dry to the touch. Water thoroughly until water starts to drain from the bottom holes of the bonsai pot. Overwatering or underwatering can harm the tree, so it's essential to strike a balance.

3. Humidity: Ficus Microcarpa Bonsai prefers a humid environment. Misting the leaves can help increase humidity, especially if you live in a dry climate or during the winter months when indoor air tends to be dry.

4. Temperature: This bonsai is a tropical plant and prefers warmer temperatures. The ideal temperature range is 60-85°F (15-29°C). Protect the tree from cold drafts and sudden temperature drops as it's not cold hardy.

5. Soil: A well-draining bonsai soil mix is crucial to ensure the roots don't stay waterlogged. An equal mix of loam, peat, and sand, or a pre-formulated bonsai soil mix, will work well.

6. Fertilizer: Feed your Ficus Microcarpa Bonsai every two weeks during the growing season (spring through early autumn) using a balanced liquid bonsai fertilizer. In the winter, reduce feeding to once a month or less.

7. Pruning & Wiring: Pruning is essential for maintaining the shape and size of your bonsai. Regular pruning also encourages new growth. Ficus Microcarpa responds well to wiring, which can be used to guide the shape of branches and trunk. Be careful not to damage the bark when wiring.

8. Repotting: Repot the Ficus Microcarpa Bonsai every two years in the spring using a larger pot if needed. This is also a good time to prune the roots.

9. Pests and Diseases: Watch out for pests like aphids, scale, and spider mites. Regularly check the leaves and branches for any signs of pests or disease. If needed, use a gentle insecticide or a neem oil solution.

Remember, bonsai is an art form as well as a horticultural practice, and each tree is unique. It's essential to observe your plant and adjust care as necessary. Enjoy the journey of cultivating your Ficus Microcarpa Bonsai!

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    Our custom made boxes are perfect for transporting your new plants straight from our Yorkshire tropical nursery direct to your door. We use a next day DHL service as standard, allowing plants to be delivered as fast as possible.

    Check out our YouTube video to see exactly how we pack for safe delivery.

    • Plants are supplied in plastic nursery pots unless stated in the product title.

    • Plants are not for consumption unless stated as edible.

    • Plant heights can fluctuate +/- 10%.

    • Our plants are kept at our tropical nursery in Yorkshire where we maintain an average temperature of 18c.

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