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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Grog on October 28, 2010, 10:38 PM

Title: Schefflera
Post by: Grog on October 28, 2010, 10:38 PM
Hey all.  This is a schefflera I brought to a workshop Jerry Meislik provided for the Iowa Bonsai Association this summer (middle of August I believe) in Des Moines.  I'd cut it back hard over the winter from a houseplant in a greenhouse and we cut it down to what you see here then repotted when I got home.  This picture was taken about a month later, September 19th.  It has some goofy stuff going on still like the two side by side similar sized aerial roots and the subsection of the tree on the top right that kinda looks like it's copping a squat on the rest of the tree but after overworking and killing so many other trees it was very gratifying to cut so much off a tree, defoliate it, then cut off 90% of the roots then have it bounce back like this.  Still has a ways to go but for an Iowa grown tropical I think it's doing quite nicely.

Jerry was a great person to learn from.  He was friendly, funny, and excelled at getting his message across to all of us in the class.  Some of the material people brought kinda made me cringe (with reason I think, tropicals aren't exactly all the rage in zone 5), I wasn't all that proud of this schefflera, but he devoted his full attention to every tree and the person working with them. 
Title: Re: Schefflera
Post by: bxbonsai on October 29, 2010, 07:20 PM
Jerry is a great guy and teacher. Your scheff is looking like it will be a great banyan in no time! How big is it?
Title: Re: Schefflera
Post by: Grog on October 29, 2010, 08:41 PM
Thanks!  I'm not positive of the size, the pot is either 12 or 13 inches if that helps as a size refernce.  I'll try and get some new pictures and measurements over the weekend, it's put on a load of new foliage in the last month.
Title: Re: Schefflera
Post by: bonsaihunk on October 30, 2010, 09:37 AM
Hi Guys,
that Scheff is looking great. Nice job! Once it foliages out a bit more and you develop that nice rounded canopy it will be a totally knock-out Scheff.
Keep me posted.
Title: Re: Schefflera
Post by: Grog on October 31, 2010, 03:23 AM
Thanks guys.  Here's a couple cell phone pictures from today.  It's growing strong but I'm taking it easy with how much foliage I remove with winter knocking on the door.  Major goals at the moment are working on the long straight branch on the right and allowing the central leader to beef itself up.  I didn't have a measuring device handy so the garden pruners were the most readily available thingamajig for size reference.
Title: Re: Schefflera
Post by: Grog on July 15, 2011, 02:56 PM
Updated today.  I'd hoped to let  the leader grow a bit more but it wasn't heading in a favorable direction so off it came.  Seems to be filling in quite well.
Title: Re: Schefflera
Post by: Joedes3 on November 22, 2011, 11:05 PM
Great job!  I have been working on a schefflera for a couple of years.