Snoozing in the shade of a banyan

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You remember this tree?It made an appearance earlier this year in a post calledTime of the Ficus, in which I not only gave a pretty good breakdown of wiring using proper anchors but also presented a thoughtful essay on the idea of defoliation as a horticultural technique in bonsai. Got in trouble for that last bit. Oops.Anyway, I’ve let this one grow since then. As you can see.

First lesson: if’n you want trees to grow, fertilize. If you want fast fertilizer uptake and quick growth, use synthetic. If you want to control the growth more, and be able to keep up with it, go organic.

If you have a ficus and it’s summer and the rainy season in Florida, all you need to do is waft the smell of fresh turned dung in its direction- it will grow. Truly, there’s no such thing as dwarfing…

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Ginseng and S-curve ficus Rogues gallery

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Firstly, I’d like to thank you for reading past the title and at least entertaining the idea that a ginseng or S-curve ficus could be a suitable piece of material for bonsai.
I recently wrote a piece (here) that shows what type of growth one could get out of this material.
Most people enjoyed it but two people in particular did not. I don’t think these two ever read the post past the title or they would have seen the difference between the raw material and what a little growing out can do.
One curmudgeon is from the US and has been in the bonsai community for many years. He’s at the point (after being involved in the many clubs and organizations around the world) where his life experiences dictates what advice or techniques he might share with a novice or intermediate.
The other bonsai-ist has been practicing…

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Bonsai!!

A Whole New World

Let’s talk about BONSAI TREES, PEOPLE. Look at these suckers!!! They’re old as all get out but they’re so petite and stoic. How do those things interact, you ask? Good question! Take a look at me. I’m 5’2″ but I am known to stand on cliffs and stare into the sunset. So stoic. So dramatic.

But anyway. I looked at these dudes and was like, “y’all are too cool for school, trees. I like that.” So I took their picture, and decided to do some basic research on how to take care of and grow these peeps. Take this with a grain of salt, mind you. I haven’t ACTUALLY successfully grown or taken care of a bonsai tree before. But, I’d like to. The sources I found weren’t too bad either so I figure they know what they’re talking about.

LET US BEGIN WITH THE PLANT KNOWLEDGE.

  1. There are different…

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