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    how would you get to something like this

    i think this is very cool but not sure how to get to it. its hard to tell the size but i'm guessing about 1/2 to 3/4" in the main trunk. clearly there is very little space for the roots so i'm guessing the roots and the trunk are pruned at the same time and a low branch is used as a leader...
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    how soon should i start pruning away unwanted branches?

    i put this juniper in this really cool rock. i hollowed out the inside so there is quite a lot of space in there for the roots, about as much as an 8" pot i want the tree to bulk up a lot because right now its dwarfed by the rock a bit so i'm wondering how much, if any pruning i should do now...
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    ficus cutting after 2 weeks

    i thought this was quite amazing i was trimming back a ficus retusa about 2 weeks ago and didn't have time to pot all the cuttings so i wrapped this one in sphagnum moss and tin foil and left it in the shade and pretty much forgot about it. today i checked and look at all those roots...
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    what to do with my ROR ficus?

    i have this nice root system growing over a rock now but this was one of the first trees i bought and didn't choose well. it doesn't have any nice fat lower branches. so i'm wondering how to style this? as you can see, i'm going for a cascade but not 100% sure. maybe i should graft in a...
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    just lopped the top off my f.retusa and grafted the real top back on

    i forgot to take a pic before i chopped it, but it was about 1.5m tall and covered with branches and leaves, growing very strong. the base is about 2 1/2" so i took a part of the upper trunk that has a branch with nice strong aerial root. i carefully scraped off the bark on the lower 1cm of the...
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    grafting roots together ficus retusa

    i found this on the interweb i want to try do something like this myself with f.retusa but i have never seen multiple trunks coming off one root system like this. i've seen lots of multi trunk f.retusa but they all join at the base. so i was thinking the way to achieve this would be grafting...
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    creating aerial roots on a ficus

    i want to create some aerial roots on my ficus retuse and benjamina. (note that i plan on separating the branch below the girdle and using the branch as a peg graft) i have started air layering where i want the aerial roots but i'm wondering what to do when they sprout? should i keep them in...
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    taking cuttings from a very old banyan (ficus benjamina i think)

    a huge, old (maybe 100 years or more) banyan just blew over in the wind last night near my house. the root base is easily 30' (10m) across but not very deep at all, just a few inches. i'll go take some pictures when it stops raining, freekin' monsoon over here. anyhow, the tree was not super...
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    are these too ficus' the same sub species and can they be grafted together?

    i just found a lovely, what i assume to be a ficus microcarpa with a 8"ish base and lovely taper the problem is, as you can see there are no branches low down. i could lop the top off and hope that some branches develop but i'd like to give nature a kick start. i have several other, what i...
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    biggest ficus microcarpa cutting that will survive?

    i have several nursery bought Chinese banyan trees plumping up nicely but want to get some free stuff going too. there are a few huge banyans growing wild around my house and i want to take some cuttings (air layering isn't really an option) i've had a lot of success with 1/2" dia cuttings in...
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    what qualities whould you look for in collecting wild material?

    here in the tropics there are a lot of trees and shrubs growing in the jungle and the side of the road that i can't find a name for but maybe are good bonsai material. so i was wondering what order of importance would you place on selecting wild material? to me (as a total beginner), i would...
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    grafting trunks together to make wide trunck, ficus microcarpa

    i have several cuttings from my ficus microcarpas that i've potted and seem to be doing well, lots of new growth. it seems ficus are pretty bomb proof, especially in tropical climates like mine. the cuttings are about 1/2" dia on average and not particularly interesting shapes, just straight...
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    air layering, what to do above the cut?

    i have been busy air layering everything in my garden that doesn't move (the cat got off easy!). i have these 2 trees (sorry, don't know the English name). they are pretty fast growing, i think these are less than 5 years old. anyhow, i have started air layering them just below a nice...
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    what is this tree and is it potential bonsai material?

    i bought this on a whim but now i'm wondering what to do with it? it looks like some kind of juniper to me but the only name i have for it is in thai and i can't find a translation. any ideas what it might be? as it stands now, i think it would make a pretty boring bonsai, do you think i...
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    jasmine tree in grow bag ready to bonsai, should i use training pot first?

    i just bought this dwarf jasmine and its already the right size for me for a bonsai so i want to get started. i was wondering, can i go straight into a bonsai pot or should i go into a training pot first? i would estimate the current root ball is about 8"x8" in fact, any tips about...
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    is it possible to air layer a 6-10" dia branch on an old tree?

    i found some really cool old trees in my local rain forest i know that air layering works best on newer branches about 2" dia but i think cutting at the red lines on these trees would make a fantastic bonsai starting point but do you think there is any chance an air layer would take...
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    bonsai soil mix for tropical climate

    i was reading this http://kuromatsubonsai.com/bonsai-soil/ and so now i understand how your local climate is a big factor in choosing the right soil for your bonsai i'm in south Thailand, very tropical rain forest, never drops below 28degC, but we do have a dry season and its hot, average...
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    is it possible to make pots without firing clay?

    i'm interested in trying to make my own pots for fun mostly, see how it turns out. but i have no access to pottery clay and a kiln so i was wondering if there are any practical alternatives? one thing that jumps to mind is car body filler (i expect the bonsai purists are throwing up at this...
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    taking the top off, need more branches below the cut?

    hi, i have this nice Chinese Banyan. the trunk is about 2" wide at the soil line but i've already checked under ground and i know i can go down another 2-3" to get to a nice fat 2 1/2" trunk, so i'm thinking my final trunk will be about 10-12" tall. so that means i need to cut the top off at...
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    looking for advice on new ror project

    i just found this Banyan in my local nursery. as you can see it has a nice strong root climbing out of the grow bag unfortunately, there is only one root like this but i think i can get a few more to grow over time but i was wondering about the final design. i've seen a lot of bonsai perched...
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    my Banyan root over rock project

    here is a nursery Banyan ( Ficus microcarpa ) tree i just bought. i removed all the soil by carefully picking at it and washing it away so as not to damage anything then i wired it to a rock and replanted it in a big pot up to the original soil level where i plan to leave it a few months to...
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    developing Nebari Surface roots by washing away surface soil

    i have a Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) in a nursery pot. it has some nice surface roots already but i'd like to expose more, make them more pronounced. so i replanted in a larger pot (because i'm trying to thicken up the trunk too) but left the new surrounding soil about 4-5cm below the...
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    leaf size reduction

    hi all, how do you get smaller leaves (to get the sense of big tree scaled down) on bonsai trees? i believe this is caused by root pruning right? but how does that process work? if i'm taking a normal, say 5 year old tree with already fairly well developed leaves, then i start pruning the...
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    what exactly does pruning to a tree

    sorry about the basic question but i have googled around and never found a specific answer to this i know pruning causes more side shoots to emerge but what else, specifically, if i prune the end off a branch, will it case the branch to thicken up faster, slower, or the same as if i hadn't...
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    buying a banyan tree to make a bonsai

    i just saw a nice banyan tree in a garden center near me. actually, its about 5 trees growing together and the trunk on the thickest one is about 3cm (1.2") and about 1.2m (4'). it has some above ground roots already and it also has many low down branches and i think with a bit of pruning and...
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