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My bonsai Ficus Ginseng

This is a discussion on My bonsai Ficus Ginseng within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; Meet my Ficus Ginseng bonsai. I bought it at a big box store about 2 ...

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    Meet my Ficus Ginseng bonsai. I bought it at a big box store about 2 years ago in a normal (not bonsai) pot. I experimented, and potted it in the black bowl I bought at the same store that day, after drilling a draining hole in the bottom.
    At first I kept it inside...it was furious! In 2 weeks it lost 80% of its leaves and I was very disappointed...
    Then I decided to change the light and the watering schedule, kept it closer to a window and watered it more frequently. It responded with some hesitant new growth, but still looked quite...bald. My husband, George, called it Pinhead
    As a last resort I decided to keep it outside for the summer, where it got watered every day from the lawn sprinklers at dawn. It exploded with new growth! Finally, I had found the secret. Ignore it and treat it like a forgotten pot.
    Now I keep it indoors for the winter, as it finally got chilly here in Athens (15C) this week. I will keep up the frequent watering, contrary to the common advice to water it only when dry. That for me seems to make the bonsai go into shock and shed leaves.

    Well now it is finally symmetrical and beautiful...enjoy!
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    What a gorgeous set up! The roaring fire in the fireplace, the perfect white angel of a cat on the tapestry pillow, and of course the center of attention the beautiful bonsai tree with perfect leaves! I love it! What a wonderful room for relaxing. Now, I just need a comfy chair, a cup of hot tea, and a great book.

    cheers,
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    I want to leave in your beautiful house!

    More seriously, congrats on finally making your ficus happy. One note though, from my experience, plants in the same room as a working fireplace = dried up unhappy plants.
    But I think you may have put the ficus there just for the picture ...

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    What a picture looks like a travel brochure !!! Love your kitty. And you Ficus it lovely too.
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    stunning picture. If your room always looks like that I would say you do not have children, LOL. I even like how the lay of the candles leads the eye.

    If I allow my ficus tree to dry at all, it starts to shed leaves. Of course mine is a different species and by no means a bonsai. I have a couch that sits under it and it is 12+ feet tall .

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    I used to keep bonsais and watered by soaking underwater (the pot) until no more air bubbles came up. Bonsais you can also mist without much worry - which will often help with something that is losing leaves. But if what you are doing is working, then don't change it. :-)

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    To answer your questions:
    YES, I don't have kids. My sister and brother in law live in the apartment downstairs with their 3 y-o daughter and their 1-y-o son and it's been childproofed beyond recognition
    YES, I've been planning to buy a couple of armchairs for the fireplace but the money always seem to go somewhere else in the end :P Like maybe the garden project secret stash!
    YES, I know plants hate central heating radiators and fireplaces. However I overcome this by watering a tad more, so that there's an excess of water which evaporates and creates a microclimate with higher humidity. For instance, yesterday it read 45% and 24C near the bonsai, which is perfect and rather unusual for a spot near the fireplace. I do the same for my orchids which are now kept inside, near the radiator but with a higher reservoir (all in s/h). I had even tried keeping moss on top of the pots which I kept moist, but keeping moss moist and keeping the plant moist are 2 different things. I ended up having either a correctly moist pot with dead moss or a plant on the brink of root rot with perfectly moist moss!!
    YES, I've tried misting but it didn't work for me...it needed a lot more water. I grew tired of misting with a spray bottle for 15 mins and a sore index finger.
    Thank you all for your kind words. I try to keep it simple here in my house, as in my experience more clutter = more things to dust and move around when cleaning! I know that minimalistic set up will have to go when we have kids...but what if I just babyproof the kids instead of the house? :P

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    Sounds like a great plan there for the future Giovanna!

    I think everyone has said what i was thinking...

    i really love that room... and a fireplace is one of the things i really want.. hmm... need when the house is renovated! will have to replace the kitty with a couple of puppies though

    thanks again for letting us into ur home.

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    The room has a certain James Bond, shaken not stirred, look to it. Very sophisticated. Fun to see your house Giovanna! Who would have guessed that you are one of the Bond girls? :-)

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    Giovanna, I have raised three children and did not overly childproof the house. Chemicals and cleaners were out of reach but many objects stayed. The kids knew not to play with them. I had a pair of tall, oriental floor vases that survived raising my three children but one was lost to a clumsy house cleaner a few years ago. I did store the coffee table for every time you see an adult with a scar above their eye it is usually from striking a coffee table during a fall.

    You have very nice taste!

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