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Superwogg16

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Ficus microcarpa shohin
« on: May 09, 2013, 06:50 AM »
Just recently bought a young ficus microcarpa and was wondering the best way to turn it into a little shohin bonsai. Thx
 

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Re: Ficus microcarpa shohin
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2013, 09:12 AM »
Sir,

this is known as a ginseng ficus and there's not much that can be done. They are not considered to be very good for a serious bonsai.

However, if you like the look enjoy the plant. Provide plenty of light and moderate amount of fertilizer. Do not overwater esp inside. Take it outside when the nights stay warm. Outside it will, of course, require more water. The top branches can be wired to shape.

Though this will never produce an award winning bonsai this hobby is about enjoyment. Obviously you like the plant and that's all that matters.

There are other types of ficus that make really great bonsai such as golden gate, banyan, (which are species of microcarpa), salicaria (willow leaf) and some of the dwarf benjaminas. These are easy to find through the mail (meehansminiatures.com).

Best,

Augustine
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Superwogg16

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Re: Ficus microcarpa shohin
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2013, 09:32 AM »
Oh lol the label when I bought it said ficus microcarpa retusa?
 

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Re: Ficus microcarpa shohin
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2013, 09:55 AM »
I think the microcarpa is grafted on to the bulbous roots.
 

JDNeessen

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Re: Ficus microcarpa shohin
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2013, 11:02 PM »
You might try encouraging some aerial roots so that the "bulb" appearance of the roots aren't as noticeable/ has more trunk like appearance.  If some aerial roots were allowed to grown and thicken, it might make the "trunk" look more interesting and more proportionate.  I'd let the top of this grow out quite bit and develop some branches and allow the trunk to thicken a bit.  You can train it back down to a taper later. 

While it might not be a great starter tree or turn into a great bonsai, it could be something fun to try some different techniques on. 

Here's a great website to check out:  http://www.bonsaihunk.us/ficusforum/FicusTechniques.html.  Lots of good techniques to try. 
 

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Re: Ficus microcarpa shohin
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2013, 08:38 AM »
Thx for th feedback guys :)