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My Bonsai Obsession: The Good thing about Neglect


I hate to confess that the final time I labored on my two uncared for ficuses was once I repotted them in November 2015. Due to time constraints just one ever made it into my earlier weblog put up and as soon as once more that is the one one I’ve had time to work on to this point. Coincidentally, for the second it is the higher tree.

In November 2015 that tree appeared like this:

Ficus Natalensis – November 2015

Just a few sharp bends and hardly any taper!

Though my neglect implies that the timber aren’t any nearer to being bonsai than they had been three years in the past, the transfer to greater pots has allowed them to develop massive and tall and their trunks have fattened up significantly. Sadly the highest development has blocked mild from the decrease a part of the timber and in consequence, each have misplaced some decrease branches. The tree above additionally developed a large low department which grew upwards, reaching a top  twice that of the meant apex.

Similar tree – March 2019

Beneath the circumstances I discovered myself having to deal with it as nursery inventory once I took it to a workshop on Saturday afternoon.

First I needed to get each timber out of the greenhouse although, and that proved to be fairly a mission as as soon as once more one had despatched a root into the opposite one’s pot and each had additionally despatched roots by means of the slats of the shelf they had been residing on. To difficult issues additional, the neighbouring orchid (a present which I are inclined to ignore) had despatched roots into each pots. That meant there have been various roots that needed to be reduce earlier than I may transfer the timber.

As soon as on the workshop step one was to take away that vast department.

After eradicating the massive department

The tree was already trying higher however it was relatively prime heavy, with a frontrunner rising within the improper route. The membership member I used to be working with really helpful I in the reduction of to a brand new chief, recommendation I used to be pleased to comply with, as I might already mentioned in 2015 that “At a later stage I would scale back the peak additional”.

March 2019 – after pruning

Because it’s nonetheless in the identical pot, the change within the thickness of the trunk is fairly apparent.

I’ve left all of the aerial roots for now as we’re headed into winter. I am going to determine whether or not to maintain any of them once I repot the tree in spring – so long as I do not overlook!!

As for the second tree, it appeared like this once I eliminated it from the greenhouse:

Second tree – March 2019

I’ve eliminated just a few lifeless branches to this point and plan to chop it again to the bottom residing department, then watch for again budding earlier than slicing in to a extra appropriate top. I might prefer to make a brief, fats little tree from this one.

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