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just brought a Ficus Benjamina "nina"?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:24 pm    Post subject: Re: just brought a Ficus Benjamina "nina"? Reply with quote

this is what I've already go going??



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:57 pm    Post subject: Re: just brought a Ficus Benjamina "nina"? Reply with quote

Hi again, Nina! I drew a quick line drawing of what I mean about bending your little ficus. I don't know if all small trees are as forgiving as ficus are but even when branches are a little thicker, they're quite flexible. I tested this on mine. (Plant lovers, take note - no ficus were harmed in any way during this experiment.) Wink

Now when I went through many bonsai photos on the internet to learn what I need to do, some gave a view from both the front & the side of the bonsai. While some look good from all sides, no matter how one views them, I also noticed that many look best from one vantage point only. Marcus can correct me here if I'm wrong. Any comment, Marcus?

So with this in mind, here's the simple drawing of how I meant to bend the trunk down & bend the branches so it looks more wind swept. The top looks like it has 2 leaders so I'd make the weaker leader into a top branch bent down.



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:34 pm    Post subject: Re: just brought a Ficus Benjamina "nina"? Reply with quote

Nina_0083 wrote:
I tend to get carried away, my husband said the same thing... "where are all the leaves?? Shocked "

I'm not gonna touch it now for awhile but the leaves are already starting to "sprout" or come though all over the place... one of the reasons I de-leafed it was because I didn't like the size of the leaves and I read somewhere that if you pull all the larger leaves off smaller ones will grow??

Anyway this is what I've done now... what do you think? better??

You shouldn't have de-leafed this benjamin like this because this kind of ficus benjamin doesn't produce new leaves easily, and you might loose it if de-leafing this way Sad

The informations that you've found about de-leafing are good only for deciduous trees.

Now don't touch it. Just water it when compost dries out and that's it.. Wait for new leaves and branches. I hope it will survive.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:38 pm    Post subject: Re: just brought a Ficus Benjamina "nina"? Reply with quote

Isomorphix wrote:

Now when I went through many bonsai photos on the internet to learn what I need to do, some gave a view from both the front & the side of the bonsai. While some look good from all sides, no matter how one views them, I also noticed that many look best from one vantage point only. Marcus can correct me here if I'm wrong. Any comment, Marcus?

Yes... you are right. Bonsai ordinary have one front side.. Wink
If you make it for views from all side better for you.. but it is a difficult.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:51 am    Post subject: Re: just brought a Ficus Benjamina "nina"? Reply with quote

Hello,
The Ficus is also known as the Rainforest Fig, which makes a great choice for Bonsai. Although figs are primarily tropical plants growing in the jungles of Asia, hundreds of species exist that can be grown outside of this type of environment.
By repotting in the fall, the roots can pruned and manipulated without having to deal with the tree going into shock. Roots are also very active during the fall with just the top portion of the tree becoming dormant. That means that any stored food, nutrients, and minerals are being directly to the roots. If the daytime temperatures remain at 50 degrees ore more, they will continue to grow. Since the roots need good soil for growth, fall repotting is exceptionally advantageous to the roots.
One thing to remember when repotting during the fall, your plant will need to be fed a 20/20/20 mixture. What happens is that while the nitrogen does not encourage bud break, the roots will take the food, which will help increase their activity while building a good reserve for the coming springtime.
One of the greatest advantages to repotting during the fall is that any transpiration stress is reduced or eliminated. This time of the year offers temperatures that are cool while the soil remains warm.
If you to want to get more information about the respective or any other topic you can visit bonsaioutlet.com site. I have referred the sites to too many friends and they are highly satisfied with the service level of that company.
Thanks...!
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