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Exposure and staple a ficus bonsai -The Ficus is the classic indoor bonsai. He can grow well in low light, where other plants would not be able to survive and requires very little care to live healthy. The variety found in nature is thousands (starting with the common fig, Ficus repens up to the creepers) but what is most commonly used technique is the bonsai ficus retusa.

The trunk of this Ficus is rugged and winding, with the bark very clear, sometimes marked by horizontal white patches. In adult specimens the base of the trunk is rich in twisted roots that always arouse a strong impression; but the feature that makes it unique among the Ficus bonsai is that of aerial roots: which, starting from the branches coming down to the ground, becoming in turn the secondary trunks. The leaves are oval, pointed, of a beautiful green color, is also not uncommon to see bear fruit this plant, which produces small yellowish figs.

Exposure and staple a ficus bonsai

Exposure and staple a ficus bonsai

Exposure

In the spring, when the temperatures do not drop below ten degrees, it is convenient to keep the bonsai outside in full sun. Adequate lighting allows the plant to grow vigorously, producing sturdy branches, leaves small, compact and uniform vegetation.

In the summer, unlike the other bonsai, Ficus can also stay in the sun, as long as the vessel is protected from the sun’s rays, so as not to overheat the roots or you can report to your home by placing it in a well-lit in front of a window.

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In the fall, the Ficus can stay at home, or you can keep it open. Of course, when temperatures begin to drop below 10 degrees, you must immediately admit the bonsai in the house. In winter, the Ficus must remain in the house, since, as already said, this essence not tolerate temperatures below 10 °.

In general, in southern and in particular in Taranto this essence has been very successful estate outside all year round, however, protected from the sun, especially in warmer periods.

A saucer filled with wet gravel helps maintain proper moisture to the plant, both in the summer when it’s hot, and in winter, when the radiators heated dry air. This arrangement, in addition to maintaining a microclimate suitable for bonsai, it is also useful to prevent the infestation of red spider. If is the window exposed to sunlight, will be veiled by a curtain to prevent the leaves from being burned by ‘”lens effect”.

Staple

In Ficus the production of new shoots is practically continuous throughout the year, therefore, must have recourse to the technique of stapling more times, in order to maintain the line of bonsai which, if not sheared, would become a bush shapeless in a short time. Of course, not to weaken the plant, must wait until the hair escaping many sprouts, with at least 5-6 leaves, and then, using the scissor long, you make the cut after the second or third leaf.

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