Taking Care of a Ginseng Ficus

Taking Care of a Ginseng Ficus

So guys many of you have seen these plants and Oh too scared to even touch them because you see it looks like a bonsai and you think oh that requires very very clever people to look after them and not let them die well just relax take a deep breath because I’m going to show you how to do it number one these are not specifically bonds are we call them a ginseng ficus and most importantly they’re really easy to look after what we call these is character plants they have character I mean look at this boy I’m even prepared to give him a name and call him Fred because he’s just gorgeous they uncredible easy to grow they can grow literally with their feet are wet wet wet so what do we need in terms of looking after them number one if you’re in an area which gets very cold you get frosty in the winter these trees originally come from Malaysia and Thailand all right think about Malaysia hot humid so you can’t go putting your beautiful little Fred luyt here the ficus outside during the cold of winter it is going to frost and it will die so take it indoors then and keep it in a well-lit area that gets at least four hours light or even Sun during the day very very important when you’re watering your ginseng ficus you can either do it with a watering can and a rose and you’re gonna water it until the water starts pouring out the base and you’re gonna do this if your planters indoors probably once a week would be more than enough ideally you never ever want this plant to dry out when it does it gets stressed these leaves turn yellow and they fall off when it comes to feeding your Farkus there are various plant foods that you can use all of these will work alright it depends on your preference what you can use mix it up Whalley really really well pop it into your water dilute it give it a really good stir and whatever the bottle says that’s how often you would do it and you can give your plant a good watering so remember now that we’re feeding and watering so you would alternate it most plant foods require feeding every second week so you would water one week and then the second week you would do the feeding another way of feeding your bonsai is to give it a spritz with a foliar feed and here I’ve got the multi growth that has been diluted into water this helps an amazing amount because what it does is we actually applying the liquid plant food straight onto the leaves as the plant is growing and and doing its photosynthesis so it’s gonna be absorbing the plant food and the moisture straight in through its leaves okay you’ll notice I’ve got a paintbrush because what happens is that in these little crevices on that you often get but so build-up it stuff bit of leaves that have fallen and dust I’m a good dusting and you can do that all the way down now you can see here look at this that’s ten you can actually see that this has died off so what we going to do is get the pair of secateurs and we are going to remove this bit and we do this whilst we’re busy doing our general maintenance on the plant all right next up is how are we going to look after the leaves so a soft clean cloth and all I want you to do is wipe away the leaves and as you’re wiping the leaves you’re removing the dust off it so not only is it looking good but remember you’re cleaning the leaf surface to allow for better for the synthesis better absorption of when you give it some plant food next up is you need to be armed with your pair of secateurs because we are going to be giving it a light pruning and all that does is keep the shape now don’t stress yourselves out please guys you are not going to kill the plant what I want you to do is make sure that you keeping your balance and that’s just on our thing it’s no bonds our art and it all is about taking and reducing a bit of growth to get your balance on either side this can be done by following the main stem looking for your next shoot sir and then removing that excess growth and in that way you’re just containing your shape so you see that over there that’s a new little leaf that’s gonna grow and if we let it carry on its just gonna get bigger and bigger not really gonna work with my beautiful roots here so that baby needs to get taken off take a look right here do you see that not so cool you can see it’s already dying off it’s sending a shoot through there I’m not really interested in that because I’ve got balance on there and I’ve got on here so this guy right off there we go this over here but scraggly we don’t need it this would eventually form one of those big buttress roots we don’t want that so let’s get rid of that wind cutter you remember to cut a few millimeters away from unique set of leaves use that as your guide Fred seems much happier I want to show you a quick trick on how to make sure that you’re keeping your humidity levels around you especially during the winter months when it’s incredibly dry these pebbles here I’ll call bracha Tony pebbles it’s a clay pebble that has been blown out during its process of heating so like 1,200 degrees and they work fantastically for exactly what I want to show you the first trick is to make sure that you soak them for six hours so this is a green come in many many different colors and I’m taking this guy and popping it into a bowl right and what we gonna do is this is gonna fall a base get it up to the level that you want that should do it we’re gonna add a little bit of water in there not too much you’re not filling it all the way to the top and this is gonna form a little reservoir then we take our plant and we put our plant on top of this and what’s gonna happen during the drier months now is the water is going to evaporate from here form a little closed system and provide your plant with that essential humidity that it needs this works wonders not only for these guys but also for orchids well there you have it guys that’s the base maintenance of how to look after your ginseng that’s all you need to do it’s not complicated it’s not rocket science and you two can have a ginseng ficus just like this and if you want to learn more about how to become a better gardener then like the share it go to our YouTube channel we you can learn more about taking on the stinkle gardening and even becoming a better gardener

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