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    Remember the story about cutting the ends off the ham? (wiring branch extensions)

    I think the thread title introduces the purpose of this topic succinctly. If you are confused, just google it. Since my early days in bonsai, I have heard that you should wire movement into your branch extensions on deciduous trees, let the wire start to bite in, then cut back hard to an inner...
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    Fatty Podocarpus, or "don't laugh at my (dead)wood"

    For the record, that...ahem...deadwood in the front was there before this podocarpus came to me. It feels a bit immature of me (which I NEVER am) to point it out but hey, I figured a preemptive strike is usually the best tactic. Anyway, on to the tree. I did some conservative trimming today...
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    Tiger bark ficus mame from cutting

    This used to be the top couple inches of trunk off of an S-trunk mass produced microcarpa "tiger bark" that I received as a Christmas gift a year ago (shhh...). I rooted it as a cutting and grew it wild for a few months before pruning the branches back hard. This is about two weeks after...
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    Not what I'd call ideal material (F. benjamina "Wiandi")

    It's me again, flooding the tropicals forum. Last one for today - I promise. When I purchased this tree, it was a small, wild little bush. I am not sure why I bought it, other than intrigue with the contorted branches that break whenever you look at them wrong. It is not ideal material, with...
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    Building on ficus burtt-davyi

    I seem to be flooding the tropicals forum today, for which I apologize. This tree is what I believe to be a standard F. burtt-davyi, purchased earlier this year from a eBay seller. It arrived quite overgrown and leggy, with dessert plate size leaves and branches that made little sense. I have...
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    My first bonsai (14 years ago) - ginseng ficus

    I imagine a lot of people hang onto their first tree for sentimental reasons, even if (like this one) it is mostly crap. This "ginseng ficus," grafted by the grower with both standard microcarpa and green island foliage, has been grown out and severely cut back a number of times. Several years...
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    I ordered a variety of Anderson flats and...

    This is probably just a "well duh" kind of thing, but I was curious so figured others might be curious as well. After seeing @Bonsai Nut mention it, I went on the Stuewe website and placed an order for a few each of three different Anderson part numbers: 2400B Heavy Duty (Stuewe #AFLAT3), 2405B...
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    Green Island ficus cascade starting out

    I have recently become interested in cascade plantings, and have started out with a couple of ficus. One is mame-size, and will probably never be more than entertaining, but the other is larger and I hope to eventually make something of it. For now, it's pretty ugly. Very roughly wired and...
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    Sumo Willow Leaf Ficus Development

    Today I did some work on one of my oldest ficus, which I started from a relatively large prebonsai several years ago. This summer, I potted it in a basket with a very coarse mix, and it has grown very well since. The top is growing out to improve taper and close some old pruning wounds. But I...
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    What is eating my ficus?

    Having noticed a soft spot and splitting bark on the trunk of my ficus salicaria, I decided to investigate. What I discovered was an apparent infestation of dozens of glassy, clear worms, and the bark was dead down to the heartwood, which was coated with a dark brown film that I suspect is the...
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    Going on vacation - minimum hours under lights?

    I will be going on a vacation soon and will be away from my plants for five days. All the tropicals have just gone into a 96 cu ft grow tent with roughly 350 watts of full spectrum LED's. This will be my first cold season with this setup. I plan on leaving the exhaust fan off the entire time...
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    Crassula ovata serial repots?

    I picked up an old (15 years+) jade houseplant off of Facebook about a week ago. I plan to create a kinda bonsai out of it. Talking with the previous owner, it seems she repotted it about two weeks ago. Problem is, she used a fine, moisture-retentive mix. Problematic because (1) it will hold...
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    Waste of time?

    I have a bad habit of preserving my moments of stupidity on the internet for all to see. I also have a bad habit of impulsively trying horticultural methods based on memories of something I read years ago. So with that intro... Looking at a low-hanging branch on my Mulberry tree that really...
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    Tips dying back on crape myrtle

    This crape myrtle stump in pot grew vigorously in the spring, but has now stalled and the growing tips on some branches are dying. Some leaves appear to be chewed on. Can anyone guess what is doing this? I have inspected the stems and undersides of leaves - no sign of bugs. This is sitting in my...
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    Cork Oak Nursery Stock

    I was at a local nursery looking for native scrub oak stock, and came across this cork oak, q. suber, with an interesting trunk. Initially I thought I had found my scrub oak because the leaves are so similar, but the bark is anything but. I'm happy. I am posting a photo of my preferred front...
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    F. Microcarpa Deadwood

    Hello, all! I got started in bonsai 14 years ago, and was very active until a career change forced me to liquidate much of my collection. I am coming back today to ask the community's opinion on how to deal with the deadwood on this big ficus stump. I aqcuired this thing a few years ago from...
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