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Charles Willis

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Initial styling of ficus salicaria from Seki bonsai
« on: July 14, 2014, 04:39 PM »
I got this willow leaf ficus from Seki bonsai in the mail last week. I have several salicaria, but nothing as advanced as this (size and branching). Here are two pics from before I did any work on it.
 

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Re: Initial styling of ficus salicaria from Seki bonsai
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 04:43 PM »
And here it is after repotting, defoliating, and wiring it out. A little sloppy, but not that bad I think. I'm still learning a lot. I've tweaked the branch placement a little since the pics. I decided not to reduce the big knob area down to two trunks. Maybe in the future. Maybe I'll just call it a "naturalistic" style tree. There are more pics of the process on my blog (http://indianabonsai.com) if anyone is interested. 
 

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Re: Initial styling of ficus salicaria from Seki bonsai
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014, 06:17 AM »
Great work. Worth looking at the blog!
Love your work station!

I think you can get enough foilage on to cover that bulge. It is not even bad exposed. And I detest bulges.

Very nicely improved. Keep us posted!

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Re: Initial styling of ficus salicaria from Seki bonsai
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2014, 09:18 AM »
I don't have any ficus, but my understanding of them is they're usually pretty vigorous.  I like the styling you've given this tree.  It looks like it'll be very pleasing in-leaf.  I worry that you're setting yourself up for a problem with those branches, but see no reason you can't make a decision on reducing later. 
 

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Re: Initial styling of ficus salicaria from Seki bonsai
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2014, 09:07 PM »
Thanks guys. I will have to see how dense this one will get without shading out the branches. I guessing I may have to simplify the structure quite a bit. I have to consider the fact that it will be inside under lights during winter, so a simplified structure where all the branches can get more light might be best. Maybe next year I'll root the top branches and chop somewhere below the knob.