Ficus Bonsai Care – Is my tree a Ginseng Ficus or Tiger Bark Ficus?
Although Ficus Bonsai care is very similar between subspecies, it is beneficial to know the exact type of Ficus Bonsai being trained. This becomes especially true when applying more advanced styling such as branch structure and trunk movement. Ficus Retusa also known as Tiger Bark Ficus is a very common species trained as bonsai. Ginseng Ficus is the common name for Ficus Microcarpa, this species is seen mass produced in big box stores. However is also developed by many experienced bonsai artists to produce amazing one of a kind specimen.
Tiger Bark Ficus is characterized by it’s impressive aerial roots. It is also recognized by the striped pattern on it’s bark. This is where the Ficus Retusa gets it’s common name Tiger Bark Fig or Tiger Bark Ficus.
Ginseng Ficus Bonsai Care Guide – Ficus Microcarpa Care
Also called Ficus Microcarpa, this species is Characterized by it’s bulbous thick trunk. As well as, large round leaves and bright foliage.