Taking Care of Your Golden Gate Bonsai Ficus Tree

Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai

Golden Gate Ficus bonsai, like all other Ficus varieties, thrive in warm, humid environments. For this reason, most people prefer to grow this species as an indoor bonsai. In warm climates, you can leave this tree outside during the summer to reduce maintenance while providing ideal conditions.

The Golden Gate Ficus is cultivated for its attractive gray trunk. To complement the gleaming green leaves, this species develops a thick, sturdy trunk.

The gray trunk is also striped with white, earning it the moniker “Tiger Stripe Ficus.” This bonsai also grows very quickly, making it an excellent bonsai for beginners.

How to Water Your New Bonsai

Because of its location, this miniature tree requires frequent watering. Because it requires a lot of sunlight, it requires frequent watering because it dries out quickly.

Check the moisture level of your bonsai on a daily basis by inserting your finger into the soil. If the top of the soil appears to be dry, it is safe to assume that you need to water. Feel the weight of the pot before and after watering once you’ve figured out when it needs water. When it comes time to water your bonsai, you will begin to notice how much it weighs.

Submerge your pot in a tub of water for a few minutes to allow all of the soil to retain the water. This is the best method for watering your bonsai because it ensures that the water is evenly distributed. If you are unable to use this method, ensure that the water is spread evenly across the entire surface. It is also a good idea to return after the water has settled and water again.

Placement of Your Bonsai

Golden Gate Ficus thrives in high-humidity environments indoors. They are native to areas with heavy rain and jungle-like conditions. Kitchen windows, bathroom windows, or any other room with a moderately humid climate are ideal for this bonsai species. If you are unable to provide these conditions, consider using a humidity tree and spraying the tree several times per day with a water bottle. These will help to keep the humidity high, allowing the Ficus to grow.

During the day, this tree species require bright indirect sunlight. It is critical that this tree be shaded from the midday sun and heat. If necessary, you can relocate the tree to a location that does not receive direct sunlight or shade the tree from direct sunlight.

While Golden Gate Ficus bonsai are primarily indoor bonsai, they enjoy being outside when the weather is nice. In the summer, once it gets hot enough, we move all of our bonsai outside. They enjoy the natural environment, which reduces the amount of care they require to stay healthy. Just make sure to bring them back in when temperatures are about to fall below acceptable levels.

Training Your New Bonsai

Leaf pruning is required when training this species to reduce leaf size. The first 2-4 leaves on a branch are ideal for bonsai; after that, they grow much larger. As a result, after 6-10 leaves have grown on a given branch, you should trim it back to those first 2-4 leaves.

Complete defoliation of Golden Gate Ficus bonsai is also possible at the end of spring. By removing all of the leaves from the tree, new smaller leaves will grow to replace the lost ones. Defoliation can only be done on healthy trees because defoliating an unhealthy tree can cause it to die.

Wiring will also be an important tool in growing a stunning Golden Gate Ficus. This is how we train the branches to bend in the desired direction and end in the desired location. When wiring this species, it is critical to inspect the wiring on a weekly basis to ensure that the wires are not growing into the branch. Golden Gate Ficus bonsai are suitable for formal upright, informal upright, and slanting styles of bonsai.

Repotting This Type of Bonsai

This species should be repotted every two to three years, at the beginning of spring, before the growing season begins. Find a pot that goes well with the tree and is slightly larger than the previous one. To keep dirt in, cover the drainage hole with a piece of screening or lose rocks.

You’ll need to find some good replacement soil after you’ve decided on the right pot. This species prefers a well-draining mixture that is mostly made up of sand or other arrogates. Cactus soil with some arrogates added works well for potting a Ficus.

To encourage new growth, remove the tree from its old pot and trim back any excess surface roots. Begin with roots that grow straight down, as these will push your bonsai out of the pot. Set the tree in place and secure it with bonsai wire if necessary. This will help it stay in place while the new root system grows.

After you’ve ensured that the tree is secure, fill the pot with soil. Fill the pot halfway with dirt and compact it as you go. After repotting, thoroughly water your newly potted bonsai and place it in the shade to recover. Do not fertilize this tree for at least a month after it has been transplanted!

Fertilizing Your Bonsai on A Regular Basis

A bonsai tree receives far more water than a tree planted in the soil outdoors. This has the unintended consequence of rapidly washing away soil nutrients.

This tree will thrive if it is fertilized once a week in the spring and every other week the rest of the year. Do not try to stunt the growth of your tree by not fertilizing it properly. This forces your tree to sacrifice existing limbs in order to grow new foliage.

Propagating This Bonsai to Produce More Beautiful Specimen

Cuttings of all Ficus species are extremely easy to propagate. In the summer, use a clean razor blade to cut new growth and place it in a sandy soil mix. Dip the cutting in rooting powder before inserting it into the soil to increase your chances of success, but it is not required. To keep humidity at bay, place your potted plant in a bag or provide a dome. After about a month, you should be able to remove the rooted cutting and plant it in regular bonsai soil.

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