Plant of the Month: Ficus Ginseng

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Plant of the Month, Ficus Ginseng, houseplants, indoor plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, plants

Plant of the Month, Ficus Ginseng, houseplants, indoor plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, plants

I host a good amount of plants in my home. Recently I counted more than 30 plants in my apartment of 32 square meters. And no, I am not obsessed. But when I got hold of the new ‘Plant of the Month’ by The Joy of Plants, I couldn’t resist to bring it back home all the way from London. During our weekend in London we as Urban Jungle Bloggers were happy enough to collaborate with The Joy of Plants and offer 10 ‘Plants of the Month’ to attendees of our Blogtacular presentation. And one travelled back with me to Munich.

Plant of the Month, Ficus Ginseng, houseplants, indoor plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, plants

Plant of the Month, Ficus Ginseng, houseplants, indoor plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, plants

This month is dedicated to a pretty rare and beautiful bonsai species – the Ficus Ginseng or Ficus microcarpa. When I spotted the Ficus Ginseng I fell in love with its peculiar, sculptural shape. Its contorted aerial root and its bushy crown with shiny green leaves recalls Asian Zen gardens and meditative tranquility. This plant is native to Asia and the most fascinating fact is that the roots are still grown nowadays in China and Malysia where it takes up to 15 years of growth before they are imported by Dutch growers where the bonsai growing process is completed in greenhouses. So in fact this little bonsai plant is a wise and pretty mature plant!

Plant of the Month, Ficus Ginseng, houseplants, indoor plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, plants

Plant of the Month, Ficus Ginseng, houseplants, indoor plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, plants

Knowing all of this, I was pretty stressed when I flew back from London to Munich with the Ficus Ginseng in a bag as hand luggage. I wasn’t much relieved knowing that I was flying with a low-cost company where they are very restrictive when it comes to hand luggage so I was a bit stressed. I managed to get it through security control (I got lots of looks from queuing passengers and even the security guard chatted about the plant with me) and I was happy to get on the plane with it. The plane was packed with passengers and I kept my plant in the bag in front of my seat thinking it was safe and sound. But then the flight attendant came to me and told me I had to put it in the overhead compartment. I mean seriously??? It was packed with suitcases and bags and I had to squeeze my plant into it in a horizontal position! It is with understatement to tell you that I was totally stressed and couldn’t wait to land in Munich to free the poor plant! But finally everything was ok – this sturdy fellow made it through and proved to be a robust globetrotter like myself!

Plant of the Month, Ficus Ginseng, houseplants, indoor plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, plants

Plant of the Month, Ficus Ginseng, houseplants, indoor plants, Urban Jungle Bloggers, plants

Apart from its special looks, the Ficus Ginseng is a pretty easy-to-care houseplant. It likes to be watered from time to time without any dammed-up water, some plant food from time to time will do it good and it can go outdoors during summers and likes a cool indoor place during winter. You can also prune it to shape it to your desire.

Photography by Igor Josifovic

This post has been brought to you in collaboration with The Joy of Plants

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  • Reply Anya July 2, 2015 at 13:06

    Ohhh i adore these plants – on my to buy list πŸ™‚ glad it made it back safely xxx

    • Reply Igor July 2, 2015 at 14:22

      Thank you Anya!! The bonsai plant is really cute and seems to be a sturdy friend as he survived the roughness of a low-cost flight:-)

  • Reply Barbara July 3, 2015 at 01:30

    Wow! That would have been stressful for me too. The longest trip I’ve taken with plants is a 4 hour train ride. Needless to say there was more legroom for the plants than on an airplane, so not as stressful. Glad the plant made it and kudos to you for bringing it home safely! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Igor July 3, 2015 at 10:05

      Thank you Barbara!! I was stunned to see how much attention I got on the airport with my plant. While queuing people were looking at my plant, talking to each other with looks in my direction, the lady at the security check and at the passport control touched my plant and wanted to know more about it. It was fun to see it is a conversation starter:-) The plane situation was another thing. What a stress!!

  • Reply Lunch & Latte | Lisa Hjalt July 3, 2015 at 08:56

    Love your new plant, Igor, and its travel story πŸ˜‰ I’m a big fan of bonsai plants. I couldn’t help laughing when I read that you counted 30 plants in your home. The CO2 levels in Munich must have gone down since you launched the Urban Jungle Bloggers! Apart from the plant, I have a crush on your globe.

    I meant to leave a comment earlier to give your new blog layout a praise. It’s such a joy to open your blog with this new design. The header looks very inviting and I love the colours you have chosen. How cute and stylish is that pattern of three triangles? I love it.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Reply Igor July 3, 2015 at 10:07

      Oh thank you so much Lisa!! I am very happy with the new design, kudos also to Judith who did the design and he coped with all my wishes and ideas:-) Those little triangles are a little reference to the old design and the bunting – they will remain and stay as a sort of logo. Plus they symbolize the three core topics of my blog with the various colours. Happy you like it too!! And yay to my new bonsai! After that stressful little voyage it seems pretty content and happy with all his new plant friends in my tiny shoebox apartment:-)

  • Reply Ilse July 3, 2015 at 09:06

    What a coincedence! Just yesterday I spotted a Ficus Ginseng at my supermarket and made a mental note to get it later! Yours looks great. And I just love that white dala horse!

    • Reply Igor July 3, 2015 at 10:08

      Oh wow, get it Ilse! I have never seen this plant in any of our supermarkets or garden centers here. It is really lovely plus it is pretty easy to care for – you can see a very handy plant care graphic on the Urban Jungle Bloggers site if you like!

  • Reply Albertine July 9, 2015 at 19:30

    haha…your little story made me smile … a lot … just because I can totally relate. I brought plants from a lot of trips and its always nerv racking to know your little babies squeezed somewhere in the luggage πŸ˜‰

    & beautiful images as always!

    • Reply Igor July 9, 2015 at 20:00

      Hahaha good to know someone can relate! It’s stressful but it’s worth it after all:-) Thank you for your nice compliment!

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