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My Bonsai Obsession: Ficus Pumila Bonsai Failure


I used to be actually proud after I created a mame bonsai from a Ficus Pumila slicing a number of years in the past. A lot in order that I even put it on present as soon as. On the time it appeared one thing like this:

November 2015 (with apple to indicate the scale)

Development was slightly sparse, however I hoped for enchancment within the years to return.

Sadly it has been all downhill since then. By April 2018 the chief had died and it had deteriorated to this:

April 2018 – after some broken branches had been eliminated

With too many timber to take care of I by no means received round to attempting any of the choices I referred to in my April 2018 replace.

As an alternative it is largely been left to do its solely factor. Once I checked up on it a number of days in the past, it was severely overgrown, with lengthy branches which had rooted themselves into the pots of the Bougainvillea and succulent standing beside it.

After separation the Bougainvillea has two new Ficus Pumila crops rising in its pot.

The one of many proper has grown up the trunk of the Bougainvillea and the 2 seem to have fused collectively.

Because it’s autumn in South Africa I do not wish to do any repotting now, so I will need to kind this mess out in spring.

After which there’s the overgrown Ficus Pumila (not worthy of the title bonsai).

After shortening the lengthy branches, an issue turns into seen.

The extent of the issue is way more apparent from the again.

The twisty trunk I labored so laborious to create is lifeless. All the expansion is coming from the primary inch of the trunk.

Once more I will wait till spring earlier than making any closing choices, however I believe that it is a misplaced trigger as bonsai. I will in all probability give the plant away and preserve the pot.

I nonetheless need to work out whether or not I can do something with the 2 bigger Ficus Pumila crops that appeared within the April 2018 replace.

Thankfully the tiny Ficus Burtt-Davyi that appeared in that publish is displaying much more promise.

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