Banyan Bonsai Tree
The Banyan bonsai tree is a ficus or fig. Figs are mostly tropical plants, naturally growing wild in south-east Asian jungles. Many hundreds of species make up this large tree family.
The trees are often trained naturally with a spreading canopy or in a freeform shape with its aerial roots featured. This tropical species has been adapted to indoor growing.
Most rainforest figs produce aerial roots from the branches and trunk. The roots are brittle at first, but strengthen and turn into a very strong part of the tree once they reach nutrients.
Banyan is one of the easiest bonsai trees that you can grow since it can assume a naturally fantastic shape without much caring. The sight of its aerial roots is one of its major attractions.
- Banyan is an outdoor tree and grows best in moderate natural sunlight. However, this does not mean you have to expose your bonsai to direct strong sunlight as this could affect it adversely.
- Make sure the soil is always kept moist when growing your banyan bonsai. Spray the foliage regularly to maintain a fairly high humidity to help keep the leaves healthy.
- You should fertilize your banyan bonsai every two weeks especially in the growing season and maybe once in the cold months. Regular feeding with the correct fertilizer is necessary to maintain healthy growth of the banyan bonsai.
- Banyan prefer humus-rich, moist, but well drained soil and shelter from cold winds. An efficient general purpose soil mix would be: 1 part organic matter, 1 part loam, and 2 parts sharp grit.
- If you want to take proper care of your banyan tree, you must repot it once in every two years. This is best done in the season of spring and using a common soil mix.