Ficus undertaking finalized. – Bonsaiwithromano

It’s been some time since I’ve labored on the bushes in my assortment. I’ve been away for work, virtually two weeks now. As you’ll be able to think about my listing of issues that must be accomplished has multiplied. I spend the final two days working my butt off to get forward of all of the work I’ve in entrance of me. As everyone knows bushes don’t cease rising simply because your busy.

Sufficient stated, right this moment I wish to share a journey of a tree that I’m at the moment bringing again to life after it was uncared for for a couple of months final 12 months. This tree was a gift to a consumer. It began out as a backyard tree. It was planted in my shoppers backyard however the canines began biting it, it stood nonetheless, didn’t develop and was declining quick. They ask me to plant it in a pot after which requested me if I may make a bonsai tree of it. On the time I used to be in two minds about it. By no means the much less I planted it in a pot and styled it.

Just a few 12 months later, right here we’re. The tree dried out final 12 months and two main branches died and needed to be eliminated. Right here is a photograph of the tree earlier than I labored on it.


About two-thirds up the bushes trunk you’ll be able to see the wound the place the one department was eliminated. Simply above that to the appropriate you’ll be able to see a slight indentation the place the second department was eliminated. Taking these two eliminated branches in consideration I began planning the brand new design. At first look I have to admit the tree does look a bit tall. I should thicken up the bottom of the trunk for the tree to look extra secure. This isn’t one thing that may be modified in a single day or in a single styling, so for now I’ll deal with the position of the branches within the total design.

As you’ll be able to see within the photographs above I needed to make two massive cuts within the tree to get the primary department in place. Previously I discovered that the tree bounces again after styling. I’m hoping that chopping the department and bending it into place will assist with the department staying in place. These wounds ought to callus over with in a 12 months or so. Being a Ficus one would have favored  this to be quicker. However as this tree is a Ficus Benjamina generally often known as a Weeping Fig it tends to develop slower than the remainder of the ficus species.

I then labored my approach up the tree inserting the second, the again branches and at last the apex.

I have to say I’ve discovered rather a lot for working with this particular kind of Ficus. The 2 predominant issues I discovered should be that it has the behavior of bouncing again to its upright place after you take away the wire even after the department has set in place. The second factor I seen is that when trimming or pruning branches to fairly go away extra buds than you assume is important. It dies again in a short time for those who bend or disturb the younger buds. They fall of very simply. The tree buds again however not all the time on the department you meant and that the place you misplaced branches.


Above the tree after I restyled it. There may be nonetheless a couple of issues that I have to work on. The trunk must be thicken up and the roots on the base of the tree must be untangled and unfold extra evenly.

Please see beneath a video on the bushes styling.

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