Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai
Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai have more than 600 species. They are mostly tropical and evergreen. They are one of the most cherished Bonsai trees. They are one of the best varieties of the Bonsai. They are best suited for indoors. They are also very easy to maintain.
In the Ficus species, the Golden Gate type beats others when it comes to growing them indoors. They have a lovely grey trunk which is thick and sturdy with small, dark green foliage that is oval in shape.
They are well loved by beginners because they have slow growth compared to others in the Ficus family which grows faster. They are very tolerant of different soil types and light conditions. You can be forgiven when it comes to watering technique because you are allowed to go through the learning curve. Depending on the level of care they receive, the plants can live up to a hundred years.
Water & Training
Ficus Bonsai should be watered thoroughly at least every three days. During summer, the plants need to be watered every day. You can use a can or hose and do a rain-like watering without disturbing the soil in the pot. Any bonsai tree requires pruning. Golden gate is not an exception.
Doing regular pruning will produce smaller branches which will, in turn, maintain the small size of the plants. A pair of sharp and clean scissors will do a good job. Wiring may be needed in order to hold the branches so as to straighten them to the desired position. If you are okay with the position of the branches, there would be no need for wiring. It is important to understand how the wiring is done. It makes sense to learn the basic technique from a good book or online.
Soil & fertilizer
Ficus Bonsai will have their nutrients depleted if they are kept in the soil for a long time. It is important to add supplements that will serve as nutrients in order to have trees that are very healthy. Make sure you follow the direction on how to add supplements in order to get the desired result.
Golden Gate Bonsai need repotting at least every 3 to 5 years. Report the plant after a growing season is over. Using the right soil is an integral part of the reporting process. It is advised to use the right bonsai soil. The proper soil comprises a mixture of high-fired clay particles and brood bark.
The mixture allows water to drain with ease. It also helps to prevent the rotting of the root which is usually the problem with using the normal potting soil. It makes sense to pot the plant the right way. Do a good trimming of the root so that it fits into the pot perfectly. Try to twist the wire with a pair of pliers so that it can become very tight. Add the bonsai soil all around the root ball. Find a chopstick and use it to put the bonsai soil in the root ball.
Weather and Placement
Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai is very suited for humid and bright temperatures that are between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They require up to 4 hours of sunlight. They should not be put directly under a scorching sun. What is needed is just exposure to sunlight. The humidity level should be around 75%. If you think your home is always dry, you can use a mist humidifier. This will give the plants the type of the tropical climate that would make the plants to grow well indoors.