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General Category => Shohin Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Reidlearnstogrow on January 14, 2015, 09:23 PM

Title: Potential shohin
Post by: Reidlearnstogrow on January 14, 2015, 09:23 PM
do you guys think that the small right branch can become mame? And is this a good tree species for mame? Thank you so much, I'm new to bonsai so any recommendations on breaking into the sub world of shohin I would greatly appreciate
Title: Re: Potential shohin
Post by: Jerry Norbury on January 15, 2015, 06:08 AM
My virt on http://www.reddit.com/r/bonsai (http://www.reddit.com/r/bonsai) wasn't enough for you, then?  ;D

I don't think it's the right species for mame.
Title: Re: Potential shohin
Post by: augustine on January 15, 2015, 09:36 AM
I agree with Jerry, go for shohin.

Title: Re: Potential shohin
Post by: bwaynef on January 15, 2015, 02:11 PM
That tree will be tough for mame because its leaves don't easily reduce and it is hesitant to branch.  That said, I'd lose the left portion and focus on what's left.
Title: Re: Potential shohin
Post by: Reidlearnstogrow on January 15, 2015, 06:40 PM
Thank you all so much I understand that this is not the tree
Title: Re: Potential shohin
Post by: augustine on January 16, 2015, 09:43 AM
Also, you can do drastic pruning and get bud breaks to create movement on your schefflera.

In my area and hemisphere i take them outside in warm weather and pump them up with sunshine and fert. then chop them in July when the tree is in maximum growth. cut them down to a half inch above the main trunk. It will break buds and you'll be able to create good movement. I cut mine once per year.

(Also, buy a couple of young plants and chop them every year. Normally the schefflera are available and inexpensive.)

No problems outside, I place mine in morning sun and light afternoon shade. May get aphids early in the season but aphids are easily eradicated. Don't overwater and place them under cover if there's rain for an extended period of time. Well draining soil.

Fun and easy species, does well inside too.