By Tien

Bonsai Sensation Nursery

There are hundreds of varieties of the Ficus, but the most popular one for Bonsai is the Ficus Retusa, which is often shaped in an s-curved trunk and has oval, dark green leaves.

Excerpt from Bonsai Empire


  • Anything rootwise growing downwards is cut off.

  • Choose widest level of roots and all below that level are cut off.

  • Makes tree develop new roots and want to survive.

  • Develops good wide base.

  • Repot figs every year. Taper is important.

  • Ficus and Chinese elm and maples can be cut back hard and they will regrow. Serious pruning required.

  • Need to look at every tree at least once a month.

  • Feed once per month while growing. Prune tropical trees in middle Summer.

  • Pick off all leaves 4-6 times per year. 

  • Wiring. Pull to one side first.

  • In Winter frost will kill leaves.

  • With lots of new shoots, choose one leader and allow to grow.

Nicole DentonFicus