About Ficus Ginseng Houseplants..

ficus ginseng plant in a charcoal ceramic planterFull name Ficus Microcarpa Ginseng, this fascinating and popular houseplant will always attract comments from those that see it. Ficus Ginseng come in all shapes and sizes and are very easy to care for, requiring watering only once every 4-6 days depending on position, less in winter. A Care Sheet is provided with each plant we sell.

The root structure is the Ginseng bit, indeed the word ‘Ginseng’ means root in Chinese. Most of the root grows above the soil and they form quirky shapes, each is different – which is why we photograph each plant and deliver to you the one that most appeals to you. The roots are grown for at least 15 years before Ficus leaves are grafted onto the top of the roots.

The plants are evergreen, keeping their leaves all year. If you feed and regularly move your plant to a larger pot, it can eventually reach a height of over a meter. However, pruning the leaves and roots can restrict the size to more manageable levels.

Ficus Ginseng was the Indoor Plant of the Year in 2015.

We offer a choice of pots and planters. If you already have a planter, just buy the plant in a basic pot; or choose one of our ceramic or plastic planters.

You can view our current stock of ficus ginseng here.


  • Position: An indoor bonsai which is not too fussy about light, although it doesn’t like prolonged direct sunlight.
  • Watering: Ficus Ginseng need to be watered less than other bonsai, probably every 4-5 days, less in winter. Don’t let the compost dry out. Water until you see some run out of the holes in the bottom of the pot, that way you know some have reached the roots.
  • Feeding: Feed every 2 weeks between March and October with a good indoor plantfood, and once per month the rest of the year.
  • Pruning: Cut back strangly shoots so the tree looks neat. Cuts will leak a milky substance which can cause mild skin irritations; wash your hands after pruning.

There’s more information here about ficus ginseng care.

Ideal for beginners

Pet Owners

Do not let pets eat Ficus leaves, they may make your pet ill.


Plants are dispatched either the day you order or the next working day, and should be delivered in 1-2 working days.

The boxes we use are double thickness cardboard. On receipt of your plant place the box on a table, with the arrows pointing upwards, then open a SIDE (not the top) of the box. The plant is held in position by cable ties, cut these and gently remove the plant. Take off the plastic bag that ensures soil does not come loose should the box be turned upside down during transit. The plant will have been watered prior to dispatch so will not need water for a few days.

Enjoy your Ficus Ginseng!

“The sort of plant Harry Potter must have had at Hogwarts!” 

Lynn G