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First Timer - Ficus Retusa 2 days 17 hours ago #56398

Hello,
My boyfriend bought me this beautiful little tree for v-day and I'd love to be able to keep it alive! I've never grown a bonsai before so I need all the help I can get. I was reading about the soil and water and such but I'm still not sure where to start. He got this from the supermarket so I'm sure it needs some help. It says it's a Ficus Retusa. Thanks for any and all help.

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First Timer - Ficus Retusa 2 days 16 hours ago #56399

rbuechle wrote: Hello,
My boyfriend bought me this beautiful little tree


Nice houseplant, but not a bonsai.
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First Timer - Ficus Retusa 2 days 9 hours ago #56404

This kind of tree is very easy to keep it alive. But it needs more sunlight, don't keep it indoor too long. The tree will defoliate and getting weaker.
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First Timer - Ficus Retusa 2 days 7 hours ago #56412

Plenty of light.
Plenty of water when the soil feels dry.
They hate being moved around.
They like warm breezes so keep it outdoors.
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First Timer - Ficus Retusa 2 days 2 hours ago #56421

Shock8080 wrote: This kind of tree is very easy to keep it alive. But it needs more sunlight, don't keep it indoor too long. The tree will defoliate and getting weaker.


this is a tropical species and can only in warm weather be outside..
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First Timer - Ficus Retusa 2 days 1 hour ago #56423

leatherback wrote:
this is a tropical species and can only in warm weather be outside..


Right. Exact.
They don't like any environment with temperatures below 10ºC.
When I say "warm breezes+keep it outside" I mean... If the temperatures are consistently higher than 10ºC then keep it outdoors.
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First Timer - Ficus Retusa 1 day 20 hours ago #56440

Clicio wrote: Plenty of light.
Plenty of water when the soil feels dry.
They hate being moved around.
They like warm breezes so keep it outdoors.


Thank you for the information! Right now it's still pretty cold where I live so I'll keep it indoors until the right temperatures. Do you think it needs to be replanted in better soil or moved to a different pot? Also, do you think its a bonsai the person above didn't think so. It came from the Rocket Farms nursery that sells plants and such at the market here. Also, I forgot to mention some of the leafs have some black spots on them but I don't see any bugs or anything is that something I need to worry about? (attached is a picture) It's brighter in my room than the pictures make it out to be.

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First Timer - Ficus Retusa 1 day 20 hours ago #56443

It is not a Bonsai. A bonsai is supposed to resemble an old tree, and that doesn't.

It is a nice little plant though :). And if you like it, that's all that matters.

www.google.com/search?q=old+tree&tbm=isc...1C1GCEA_enUS847US847
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