Dwarf Green Island Ficus

zusyaDecember 8, 2007

I am a gardener who has far more enthusiasm than experience. I recently saw an older dwarf green island ficus bonsai and thought it was so lovely, I bought a little baby one in a 4-inch pot for myself. It seemed pretty rootbound as I was repotting. Now I'm now realizing that I want this little guy to get bigger and grow faster (so much for my first bonsai attempt!). How much smaller is a mature dwarf ficus than your average ficus? How quickly do they grow? Any information or advice on this plant would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi, first of all a dwarf 'anything' grows a lot slower than other plants, but usually the thing to do (how most bonsai are developed) is plant it in a larger container (until you're happy with the trunk size, then cut down most of the tree as is and wait for new smaller branching). However, ficus actually prefer to be just a bit tight in their pots, so in this case, I think just making sure it's 'comfortable' in a pot, and maybe not think of it as 'bonsai' material as such (at for 3-5 yrs) and get some other type of tree, ficus or not, to work on. It may develop nicely in time, though, and if so you certainly will have a good candidate for mame (very small bonsai).

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