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Some summer ficus work

A couple of weeks ago I bought a ficus Microcarpa from Walmart. The label says bonsai just in case someone wasn’t aware it’s not a houseplant.

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I repotted it immediately into bonsai soil and let it sit until I figured out what I wanted to do with it.

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So it sat outside in the sun. It didn’t drop any leaves. Today I decided that I would root the top and develop it into a small banyan (hopefully). Look at that inverse taper.

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Chopped off and the wound cleaned up.

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Here’s the top.

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I took a box cutter and cut the new bottom to hopefully encourage roots to grow. Some rooting hormone was brushed onto the wounded area.

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Then it was wired down into the pot. It was a complete bitch getting it to sit right while keeping the plastic screen on top to protect the bark against the wire.

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It’s a little deeper in the top than it will eventually be. The soil is 2/3 pumice, 1/3 akadama, with a tablespoon of milorganite sprinkled into the surface.

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I was attempting a virt, but my stylus walked off. This is the best I could do with a finger.

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Charles Willis

Bonsai!

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