On Friday the 20th, I was at a bonsai club meeting. While I was there, I found out that my friend Dustin had gotten hurt a little while back and could not work on his tree that he brought along with him. So he asked me for help!
Below is an old picture of the tree I will be working on:
I unfortunately did not get a before picture... I had Dustin send me a picture of his tree and this is what he could find. When I worked on his tree, it was a lot more flushed out and had a ton of growth on it.
I trimmed and wired the tree. It was a ton of fun to work on this tree! Thank you Dustin for letting me help you work on this tree!
Below is the result:
And here is the top of the tree:
The tree has a good pin wheel look to it from the top!
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Happy June! Since it's been a rainy June, I haven't had a chance to go outside and work on my trees... But last night, I went to my usual CFBC meeting and I got to work on some trees. One of them was my blog tree... The ficus microcarpa! This tree was given to me by a bonsai friend. When I showed it to him, he remembered the tree right away! You have seen this tree in the blog posts A FICUS MICROCARPA... and A FICUS MICROCARPA UPDATE... I decided to do some work on it and start to get it into shape...
Here is the before picture:
I decided first it was time to defoliate because I am trying to get smaller leaves.
I finished defoliating the tree! Now it's time to cut these branches in so I can force back the growth.
I finished cutting back the branches!
Now I have to add some wire...
Now that I wired out the whole tree... I have to place the branches to where I want them.
Before I show you the finished tree, the before:
The top of the finished tree:
And the finished tree:
I hope you have enjoyed and learned! The next step is to let it grow out a little, and repeat the steps from this blog post. This tree is also very root bound (roots circling the pot), which means I need to repot it. But that's another blog post...
Last time you saw this Ficus was when I defoliated it!
But NOW... It has GROWN!!
This Ficus has been growing nicely!! I cant do anything to it right now because of the weather (40 Degrees) but I wanted to show an update for my loyal people (Followers)!!
Maybe it will become a windswept style... We'll have to see!! In a couple of years, maybe you'll even see it at a display!!
~Ben Jamin Lorber
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Hello to All Bonsai Lovers,
Here is the Bonsai Part of My Blog. And this is My First Report on Bonsai.
SO... Lets Begin... This is a Ficus Microcarpa. I was at the CFBC Summer Picnic and One of My Bonsai Friends Gave this tree to Me because it didn't sell. He was selling it for another one of My Bonsai Friends, he didn't wan't to bring it back to him and He Knew I would like it, SO I got the tree !!
Now Normally, I Don't Like to Put Trees in Bonsai Pots too Early, But this is what It Came in.
SO Here is the Tree. Lets Get to work !!
(Sorry I Don't Have Pictures Doing Each Step, Next Time)
1.) I Removed the Leaves to make them smaller (Defoliated)
2.) I Took Unnecessary Branches/Trunks Off.
3.) I Made Some of the Branches Shorter.
Now I Had an Idea to Kind of Make this Forrest, Windswept. So I Cut the Branches Accordingly.
Here is the Finished Product...
And Here is What I Have in Mind for What I Want it to look like after next styling...
Alright, That was Post Number One Under the Bonsai Section of www.JaminWithBen.weebly.com. I Hope You Enjoyed and Learned about how the tree was styled and some of the techniques to Bonsai. See You Next Post...
~Ben Jamin Lorber
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