Ficus microcarpa 'Ginseng' - 'Pot-bellied Ficus'
The perfect entry-level plant to introduce you to the Japanese art of Bonsai tending, the Ficus Ginseng is perfect for people wanting to get artistic with their plant life
If you’re a fan of exotic tea, you’ve probably already come across the word ‘ginseng’ and like any normal person you would probably assume that the tea stems from this wonderful little tree. Sorry, but nothing in the world of plants is ever that simple. The word ‘ginseng’ comes from China, and translates as ‘roots’, something this plant has in abundance. In their wide natural habitat, these aerial root plants are grown with ease in high humidity surroundings. In the UK, you may need to recreate these humidity levels with an artificial enclosure or humidifier, but that’s as complicated as these little fellows get. Unlike other trees and plants used for bonsai, the Ficus Ginseng requires minimal care and is very forgiving for newcomers.
Don’t be put off by bonsai trees you’ve seen in films and tv that die after one bad cutting, as the Ficus Ginseng will allow you forgo all the rituals that come with plant tending and focus on the fun side of the hobby. Whatever the name, Ficus Ginseng is commonly used for bonsai, and if you’re looking to add a bit of zen to your life, this lovely little tree is the perfect starter.
(All plants come in plastic grow pot unless otherwise stated)