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New Ficus Salicaria from Seki Bonsai

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Not my smokes:

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Something of a knob where all the branches have been allowed to grow from the chop site:

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It’s not pot bound, but I want to put it into a good draining mix:

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It’s in good ol’ dirt:

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There’s a bit of chunky tubers under the base that I’ll need to flatten down to fit into the pot:

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You can see where I chopped the bigger surface root and a crossing root off. Don’t forget to wire your trees into the pot:

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In the pot before defoliating:

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Defoliated:

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From the top:

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A quick tip. Put a piece of screen material or cloth (t-shirt) over your soil surface when defoliating. It saves time cleaning up.

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Now time to practice my wiring!

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I didn’t finish it all in one sitting. Wiring takes a lot more time than I thought back when I was only looking at pictures of wiring. The next day I finished it. Still needs some tweaking, but from the top down:

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And a couple possible fronts:

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Initially I thought I should remove all but two of the main upper trunks because there is already that knob forming where they all sprout, but I think as a sort of informal upright broom it works. I dunno, I’ll see where it takes me. Bonsai is not a static art form. Some day it could be chopped back down and restarted from two of the upper trunks or even chopped below that for a really squat sumo tree.

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Charles Willis

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4 thoughts on “New Ficus Salicaria from Seki Bonsai”

  1. Why did you plant it slanted? I think it’d be better if trunk was upright. It would also partly hide the big scar.

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