Ficus Retusa Bonsai are Great for Bonsai Cultivation

One of the easiest to grow and form, and one the most popular trees for indoor bonsai, is the ficus retusa bonsai. The ficus family consists of over 1000 different species of trees, and shrubs, which are found in the warm tropical forests of many parts of the world. Of these species of diminutive evergreens, around a dozen, and hundreds of sub varieties, are great for bonsai cultivation.

The issue with ficus retusa bonsai is that the plants are from tropical areas, cold tolerance is not one of their strong suits. The ficus species are not frost-hardy and definitely need to be grown indoors, where day and night temperatures are never lower than 15°C. This means that most of northern Europe and the northern regions of the Americas can only have outside placement during the warmer months of June and July. The prevalence of the ficus retusa bonsai, as a popular bonsai cultivation species, comes from the combination of tolerance of poor humidity levels and poor light levels. And this makes perfect sense as we humans reside in low humidity and centrally heated and air-conditioned homes and residences. This tolerance to poor light conditions is largely due to the fantastic and beautiful native habitat of many of the ficus genus species on the carpeted forest floors of the rain forest. These ficus variations are shaded by the forest canopy way above and accumulate water with the assistance of the thick, waxy leaves, on the plants stalks.

Bonsai cultivation of the ficus retusa bonsai starts out with a very small starter plant, usually around 1 to 2 inches in overall height. A great species of ficus is the Ficus Retusa Green Island Fig plant. Known for its beautiful and deeply colored green leaves, this variation is super tolerant of low light levels and extremely poor humidity. Most other ficus plants suffer and decline under such extreme and poor natural conditions, yet not ficus retusa bonsai.

This hardy and terrific bonsai cultivate implant species can live up to 30 years, while being under extremely poor conditions. This is the reason why bonsai enthusiasts single out the ficus retusa bonsai as one most popular variations of the ficus family. The ficus retusa bonsai, that is a favorite tree for bonsai enthusiasts, is more commonly known as the ‘Chinese Banyan’. This Oriental bonsai exemplifies all that a bonsai tree, needs in form, shape, and beauty.

The Chinese Banyan is known for its classic bonsai creative specialties, such as its ability to regenerate from very hard pruning, and its eagerness and willingness to cope under extremely low and poor growing conditions. The orient has long been seen as the originators for the art of bonsai tree training and design, and rightfully so. This culture has done more for the science and art of bonsai tree formulation than any other locale in the world. The ability to create something so beautiful out of something so small and seemingly fragile is a wonder to both see and experience.