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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: ptandon on March 05, 2018, 01:23 PM

Title: Air roots for schefflera
Post by: ptandon on March 05, 2018, 01:23 PM
I am a newbie with bonsai and have a schefflera which is about 5 years old. I would like to encourage the formation of aerial roots. I saw the discussion around this in which it was pointed out that the plant needs high humidity in order to send out the air roots, so it should be covered in plastic so as to maintain a humid atmosphere around it.

My questions are these:
1. Is it wise to start encouraging the aerial roots for a 5-year old tree or should I wait longer?
2. How long will it take for the roots to develop and root themselves once I start the process?
3. Should I prune the tree before or after working on the roots?
4. Any tips on pruning it? I got it a little over a year ago and so far have done nothing to it but water.

Thanks for your advice!