Position: Your Ficus Ginseng likes plenty of light, so keep it on a windowsill – but not one that receives the midday sun in summer. If the leaves turn yellow and drop off, your plant isn’t getting enough light. When minimum night temperatures are over 15C you can place your plant outdoors if you wish. Keep out of draughts.
Temperature: Try to keep temperature even, ideally around 15-20 C.
Watering: Give your plant a drink when it needs it – which isn’t much help! Start by watering once each week, a little less in winter. Give the plant a good soaking until some runs out of the holes in the bottom of the pot, but let the pot drain. DO NOT let your plant stand in water, it cannot cope with that. Your plant doesn’t like to dry out completely. After a while you will learn when to water by feeling the weight of the plant, and by the colour of the soil. We use coir which holds water well.
Misting: Not essential, but your plant will enjoy a spray with water every couple of days.
Feeding: use a general houseplant food once every 2 weeks in spring, summer, and autumn; and once a month in winter.
Re-potting: If you want your plant’s roots to grow, re-pot every year, ideally in spring. Move to the next size pot. Roots that grow beneath the soil can be trimmed back by up to a quarter to promote new growth.
Pruning: Give your plant a hair cut when a branch shoots out from the rest of the foliage. Trim back growth so the plant looks tidy.
Pests: Ficus Ginseng are generally pest free. If the plant is not in good condition it can be attacked by red spider mites and/or mealy bugs. A normal bug killing spray will solve this, but improve the plant’s condition to prevent a repeat outbreak – usually more light and/or higher humidity will help.
Moving Home: It may sound unreal, but Ficus Ginseng plants do not like to move house. If you see leaves turning yellow and dropping soon after you receive your plant, it is not dying; it is settling into its new home. New leaves will soon grow.