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4 year ficus progression

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#1 steeldrifter


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 01:37 AM

 You know it's getting into the dead of winter in Michigan when it's 1am and you are working on your bonsai trees because it's been months since you had to bring them all inside.

Here's a little photo progression of this ficus bonsai I have been working on for the past 4 years now.

Pic#1 2014- as I bought it. Lots wrong with it such as too tall, no lower branches, dreaded S-curve, inverted taper.

Pic#2- Fall 2014- Trunk chopped it down to just a 3" base and have a sprout of new growth

Pic#3 Spring 2017- Lots of new growth was just thinned out and waiting for more back budding.

Pic #4 Jan 17th 2018- Pruned some more and starting to wire branches. Starting to take a shape and look like something now.


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#2 mikechell


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 07:14 AM

Very nicely done, so far.  

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#3 Old Hat

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 08:10 AM

I can't even keep leaves on a ficus tree.

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