Bought first bonsai... looks okay?

sutremaine(UK S.Wales 9)May 29, 2013

Got it from the garden centre on a whim, because it caught my eye. They usually have bonsai there, but while they're nice to look at usually they don't grab me. It's a Ficus retusa.

The bad:
* Trunk's a little torn up, but the large gouge on the corner is rolling over nicely. Top... ehh.
* Strange branch placement, with branches coming off the back being curved towards the front. They're pretty solid too.
* Wonky taper. Keeps looking worse the more I look at it.

The good:
* Nice trunk shape, I think.
* The area below the original soil line turned out to be fairly chunky, though I'd need to move some roots around to round it out.
* Vigorous species.

I was thinking of just giving it a large pot and letting it put on weight until next year at least.

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moyogijohn

Sutremaine,, congrations first tree ! If it were mine,i would use the # 3rd picture as a front.. prune the branch in the middle off..when you plant it turn the lower base with the rounded part to the left a little so it is on the the side.. nice tree they are fun to work with... John

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 8:24PM
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moyogijohn

Sutremaine,, congrations first tree ! If it were mine,i would use the # 3rd picture as a front.. prune the branch in the middle off..when you plant it turn the lower base with the rounded part to the left a little so it is on the the side.. nice tree they are fun to work with... John

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 8:26PM
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sutremaine(UK S.Wales 9)

Nice plant to work with indeed -- it hasn't dropped a leaf from this rough treatment of its roots, and indeed looks much shinier and inflated after a couple of days in the growtank. It's 100% humidity and around 18 - 23 C in there, which is very nice for recuperating tropicals.

Something like this for the replanting?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2013 at 7:26PM
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moyogijohn

That is the way I would go..It will be a nice tree after you work with it.... take care john

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 6:29PM
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sutremaine(UK S.Wales 9)

A nicer photo... First dose of fertiliser today, haven't done any work beyond snipping off dead and dry bits and nipping at the edges of the dead wood at the top. The pot is not conducive to horizontal root spread, but that's fine for now. I'm growing the topmost roots with an eye to raising them up later, and what's underneath those roots can be worked on in the future.

The large branch is staying on for now, to try and get the base thickened up. The one to the right could probably go right now.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 8:25PM
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