Irrigation of Bonsai Ficus: [Needs, Frequency and Procedure]

Watering the ficus bonsai is one of the issues that most worries those who decide to have a specimen at home.

As with all species, there are several factors that play a fundamental role in establishing frequencies and quantity of water.

All this is facilitated when we bet on knowing in detail the basic strategies to carry out this care. And that is the topic that we bring you today, the irrigation of the ficus bonsai, do you dare to join us?

Important points when watering a ficus bonsai:
  • Irrigation frequency: on hot days up to two weekly irrigations can be applied, while on cold days one irrigation will suffice.
  • Irrigation method: By drip .
  • Optimal time of day for irrigation: any time of the day, avoiding the midday margin, which is when the temperature is highest.
  • Identify excess water: weakening of the bonsai culminating in its death.
  • Identify lack of water: dry leaves.

What irrigation needs does the ficus bonsai have?

Ficus bonsai are generally planted in pots and kept indoors . This condition means that its irrigation needs have to be taken care of without delay because its roots have no possibility of getting more moisture from the soil.

Botanicly Bonsai – Ficus bonsai in black pot as a set – Height: 60 cm – Ficus Gin Seng

Ideally, the soil is always slightly damp, so deep watering is proposed at each time it is to be applied.

How can we detect the lack of irrigation in the ficus bonsai?

When you forget to water your ficus bonsai or go on a trip for a few days, it is possible that a dryness in the leaves begins to appear .

It is a much less complex issue than when overwatering occurs because you only need to apply a deep watering for the roots to rehydrate.

It is also worth spraying the leaves with a little water several times a day.

How often should we water the ficus bonsai?

The frequency of irrigation will be determined by the particular conditions that operate at a certain time. In fact, a ficus bonsai that is kept for a whole year in the same place, will have mandatory frequency variations.

To get an idea of ​​how to work on this issue, we must put observation into practice and apply irrigation at times when the earth is drying up . It is not waiting until it is completely dry but an appropriate point where the roots still have access to underground moisture.

Bonsai Ficus Microcarpa Natural Ginseng 27 cm in a 16 cm diameter handmade pot delivered in a gift box with care guide – Indoor plant Ficus Retusa – Ideal for home decoration

Although it may seem complicated, the experience of touching the ground frequently will facilitate this task. Of course, the irrigations should never be daily. For the most general conditions, it is normal to apply irrigations twice a week on hot days of the year and once a week on cold days .

What is the best way to water the ficus bonsai?

The best method is drip, making use of a gardening can with small holes to better control the administration of the liquid. 

Topmail Mini Stainless Steel Watering Can 300 ml with Long Neck Long Mouth for Planting Bonsai Plants on the Table in the Office or Garden

Irrigation in this case will be applied in two phases:

  1. Phase 1: apply a generous amount of water, watering from the top of the plant until the water moistens all the soil well.
  2. Phase 2: after about 10 minutes, repeat the process again ensuring that the pot begins to drain the liquid through the base, which will give you a signal that all the soil is definitely well moistened.
Ficus Retusa 10 years

It is important that you keep the pot in a position where it can be rid of all excess water before reinstalling it in its place. Failing that, you can place a plate under it where it collects the liquid and then remove it.

How do we detect excess water in the ficus bonsai?

Excess water in ficus bonsai will undoubtedly lead to premature death. When you do not have enough knowledge about the care of this species, it is common to think that the frequency of irrigation is greater than it should be.

If to this is added that many times they are sown in substrates with low drainage level, this situation can become chaotic. Remember that it is very important that these bonsai have sufficient moisture in the substrate , but no puddles.

Bonsai Ficus Microcarpa – Pot 13cm. – Height approx. 30cm. – Live plant – (Shipping only to Peninsula)

If there is rainy weather, it is a good plan to collect this water to apply the irrigation since it does not contain salt or harmful minerals. In this way, you will be applying a more suitable water to your ficus bonsai that will be reflected proportionally in its health.

In case you do not have access to rainwater, it is better to decline then for purified waters. With these care of the watering of the ficus bonsai and the rest of those recommended for this species, you will have beautiful and healthy specimens for a long time.

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