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How to turn a Ginseng Ficus into a real Bonsai Tree



The repotting and pruning of a Ginseng Ficus prebonsai, part of its conversion into a more traditional bonsai tree. For more on Ficus bonsai, http://kuromatsubonsai.com/ficus-bonsai For more on Ginseng Ficus, http://kuromatsubonsai.com/tropical-bonsai/ginseng-ficus

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. p3tr0l

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    This may have been previously answered, pls forgive, but are the finer particles in your soil meant for moisture retention? Here in FL our mixes don't contain many fine particles, we also bare root our ficus when repotting.

    Unrelated, at about 5:40 you can hear a baby mockingbird in the background.

  2. Thexxhellcatxx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    How do you start a cutting of a ficus? I've tried MANY times…all failures

  3. Jason Jacobs

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Another great video from you! Thanks! I have one of those ficus and will take your advice!

  4. Ana Mantaluti

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    i have a bonsai like this.oooooooooooooooooooooo.i didn knew that this is ficus….but its smaller

  5. Mordavus

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    I'm thinking I'm going to re-pot my ginseng ficus this spring. I'm curious as to what the soil mix contains?

  6. gustav svendsen

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Nice videos 😀
    but one question how do you reduse the leaf size of a ficus.:)

    thanks.

  7. 8900shadow

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Krásne 🙂

  8. rumvodkaf1

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    i have one of these, i found some white vines growing off the branches, i cut them off but when i did, i noticed a few of them had grown down to the soil area and somehow been planted in the soil. DId i cut the wrong things?

  9. David Schaible

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    my fist bonsai tree was a giseng ficus very similar to this one that i got at walmart for $11 and this was the first video of ur i ever saw

  10. David Schaible

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    @chasnsx thanks I saw it the reason im so interested is cause i have a ginseng ficus of my own just like that and it has three big roots and I was thinking about just putting it into a large pot to make it biger for a while do you think this would be a good idea?

  11. chasnsx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    @fjc973 I just did a follow up — check it out!

  12. chasnsx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    @sharkfin154: I just uploaded a follow up on this tree a few days ago.

  13. David Schaible

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    great video would love to see a follow up

  14. Dan Gallego

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Lol dude you sound just like Nicholas Cage! BUAHAHAHAHA

  15. fjc973

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    I just wonder how this tree is doing after almost a year later ?

  16. A Boy and His SonShine

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    what is the mix on the soil that you use?

  17. alberto canto sansores

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    congratulations it's very nice and you are great.

  18. chasnsx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    @Hvalborg1 I was 11 when I first got interested in bonsai, but had no money, no help, no nothing. Kept trying and by high school, was able to keep one juniper alive. Then college and law school got in the way. I started practicing bonsai for real when I was 26.

  19. Stephan Davel

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    I got one of these but it's leaves are very far away from the stem how can i get them closer can you prune it right length (removing all the leaves) before spring or should I just make it bit shorter and kind of force the leaves to grow lower?

  20. Yazan Kondakji

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    my ginseng ficus is small and there is nothin i can do with it is there any way i can make it grow faster and i also wanted to ask is there any way i can know its age ? yaaa i found the sentence ( in your vidio :P) my ficus doesnt follow the rules of bonsai 😛

  21. chasnsx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    The aerial roots will grow naturally on most varieties of ficus, other than Benjamina. Benjaminas will only grow aerial roots if they are in a tropical, high moisture environment.

  22. Trent Collins

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    how do i get the root vines to grow on my ficus?

  23. chasnsx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    @yboben I usually add a little extra organic matter at the base of the tree to encourage moss growth, and then keep the tree in partial shade. If the conditions are right the moss will grow naturally.

  24. chasnsx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    @yboben You can buy trees like this from Bonsai Boy of New York. They have a website. I do not sell trees, and this particular tree is not for sale since it belongs to my wife.

  25. Trent Collins

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    can i buy that from you and do u have a web site that sales trees like this?

  26. Trent Collins

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    do u have to have a sertan type of soil and tree for moss to grow

  27. Wheelsofpleasure

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    How old were you when you got interstested/started doing bonsai tree´s?

  28. wesley hennessee

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    cant wait to see it

  29. wesley hennessee

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    wait i worded that wrong okay this one looks good compared to those haha

  30. wesley hennessee

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    thats not really typical of what i usually see stuffed into a dark shelf in the floral dept. at wal mart this one makes those look good lol

  31. chasnsx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    On a repot into a larger pot like this one, I cut the long, leggy roots in order to get an even, compact rootmass because it contributes to even, compact growth on top of the tree. When repotting into the same size pot, we take off all of the outer roots in order to allow the tree to grow new roots, absorb nutrients, and stay the same size.

  32. chasnsx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    I haven't tried chopsticks — I assume that you would thread them through the roots and then run wire over the ends? "Chop and clump" ginseng ficuses are popular in the U.S. and I wanted to see if I could develop this one, just to give other folks some ideas. We'll come back to it in a few months or next spring, depending on how fast it grows.

  33. Thomas Balsillie

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    A wonderful repot demo! 5/5

  34. chasnsx

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Keep an indoor ficus near a south facing window, unless you live in the south/southwest. I really like the idea of annotating a video. Just give me a really slow 360 of the tree (2 min or so) and make sure I can see the branch structure.

  35. CurseOrange

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    yes indoors it is a tropical plant.

  36. NoobHunter45

    October 2, 2017 at 5:12 am

    I was actually thinking of doing the same thing. I just have one question, since its a ficus it can be put indoors right?

    If I get my ficus I will do a video on it.
    Maybe you can give it some pointers?

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