ficus

  1. L

    My Ficus bonsai trees are dying. The both came in poor condition. Almost no leaves left. Can I cut them into a stump for new growth in the spring?

    I got a Fukieon and a Too little weeping fig bonsai trees this year. They came in poor condition and have gotten worse. There are only 2 leaves left on the Fukieon and a dozen on the fig in no good grouping or form. I was wondering if I could trunk chop them into stumps and get new growth next...
  2. R

    Ficus loosing its leaves

    I picked up this bonsai in May and it’s been doing good in my house but recently (last two weeks) it’s been dropping a lot of leaves and the branches are dry and brittle, there is some new growth and even some fruiting. The soil drys out quickly so I’m worried it’s root-bound. I’m in south...
  3. B-rad in GR

    Ficus Retusa - Surgery + Aftercare Guidance

    After 2 years of learning (only 40+ to go!), I wanted to go back to my first tree and begin some legitimate shaping. Ficus Retusa, given to me by my parents 5 years ago (before I truly dove in). Costco purchased - and typical 'nursery stock' problems. As I said, I wasn't yet truly interested...
  4. S

    Help this Bonsai amateur!!

    Hello everyone! I got a bonsai tree as a gift couple of months ago and since then I haven't done much besides watering it, and even that I'm not sure if I'm doing right, since the lady at the shop told my cousin that you should pour some water into the container in which the pot is placed and...
  5. MattE

    Tigerbark ficus ( progress thread )

    Well grabbed the courage to propagate my ginseng ficus. I see such a nice future bonsai in this. I put it in a 40 percent organic and 60 percent bonsai mix. Rocks on top are just to hold it in place better. I did about a 50 to 60 percent defoliation. Everything I read says if it has no roots it...
  6. E

    First Bonsai: Ficus with a Funky Trunk

    I was browsing a local plant store the other day when I saw this little guy in the back of the bonsai section. I fell in love with his funky style instantly and I knew I had to get him. The employee working there told me that this is a ficus bonsai, but I'm not sure specifically what kind. Is it...
  7. KP45

    Ficus- Any advice for a beginner?

    Hi, so I've owned this tree for about five years now, and I think it's about ten years old (said it was a 5 year old bonsai on the tag when purchased). At first it was just a nice little addition for the kitchen windowsill- but I've grown attached to it and would like to be able to shape it and...
  8. E

    Can Someone Help My Dying Ficus

    Hello, My Ficus bonsai tree (not sure what exact species) has been on the downward spiral since 5 months ago, when I gave it quite a significant prune. I began to notice it loosing more leaves than usual and no new growth developing, usually the prune would bring on lots of new growth, even at...
  9. Forrestford

    Big, too little forest

    Just wanted to have a place to put my project so I could get tips/advice and to share my ficus too little forest. The end goal is a crazy jungle with lots of aerial roots and roots over rocks. I went to a nursery and found these ficus too little stock at 2.99 each. Nothing too special little...
  10. Tbwilson33

    Nursery ficus. Chop? Air layer? Looking for advice

    Hey everyone, novice bonsai guy just looking for advice. I found this at a local mom and pop shop for 35 dollars and thought why not? Decent size trunk on it. I just bought it thinking of trunk chopping it and trying to root some cuttings but I just started thinking I could air layer the top to...
  11. L

    Ficus religiosa experiment/murder

    To begin, I took an airlayer off a Ficus religiosa today. I know, terrible time of year but I got bored. Also, it’s been a relatively mild winter here in NE Florida and the plant is still pushing growth. The whole point of this experiment was to induce the accelerated formation of nebari by...
  12. V

    Tiny/Microscopic Bugs in Bonsai, Leaves Spotting

    Hi! I got a Ficus Bonsai last week, and it seemed perfectly fine. As the soil was completely dry, I watered it the next day, and many tiny microscopic insects came to the surface of the soil, and then crawled back down. When I lifted the pot from the plate (where the water drains), there were...
  13. K5ATG

    My first Ficus

    I finally got my first Ficus. I'm guessing that it is a Ginseng Ficus but with this being my first ficus I do not have any experience with them. I guess I could watch Nigel and see what he says. :D I was at a local nursery and they had it marked for $7 so I grabbed it. The pot says that its...
  14. Zach2

    Styling advice for a very big ficus

    Hello, new here! I just acquired this large ficus pre-bonsai and need styling advice. Trying to avoid falling victim to the temptation of artificial alternating pads, looking to try something a bit more dramatic or natural. Would appreciate your help. Thanks!
  15. K5ATG

    Tiger Bark Ficus

    I was wondering if anyone has a source for tiger bark ficus. I have been trying to find a seedling or cutting but so far I can find only styled trees that cost a lot. In the late 1990's a local nursery had a real beautiful (It looks great if you could overlook the fact that it was planted in a...
  16. skyrat

    Sick Ficus

    Hello, I'm new to this forum, but have been casually growing bonsai since around 2001. I have a ficus (I think it's a benjamina) that I've had probably for at least 14 or 15 years. It began struggling the last 2 years but mainly seemed to do poorly when it was indoors over the winter, and then...
  17. T

    Help with a half-dead ficus bonsai

    Absolute newbie here. Bit of a long story how it wound up this way, but I have a Golden Gate Ficus bonsai that was believed to be dead, but did finally develop some new growth. Thing is, the only growth is near the base of the tree. I assume the upper portions are indeed dead. As it sits...
  18. Anchorman

    Ficus

    Should I chop the thicker main apex, where it makes that fork split? I could then keep the bottom as a smaller tree and grow the top as a new larger tree.
  19. Clicio

    Anyone has got the blues? Me, the yellows.

    Well, well, well. After a year of a pacific relationship, one of my Ficus decided to show me some yellow leaves. Not the normal waxy creamy yellow found in leaves that fall down when old; a half green half yellow tone that is showing up even in the young leaves. The Ficus was not moved or...
  20. cockroach

    Roach's Fici

    Thought I would start a thread I will periodically update. Not regularly. Sporadically. I have a few ficus that now have pots or will be getting soon. Some that I need help choosing a direction on and some that are just starting out. The first one is my Literati cascade. I like this one. It...
  21. Ryan H

    New Year New Ficus - what to do

    Nuts Here’s my latest Ficus that was added to the collection a few months ago. I think I know what I want it to look like just having trouble on figuring out how to get there. The last two pictures are inspiration and goals. It is a multi trunk with one two inch trunk, the rest are small...
  22. Clicio

    And so this is Xmas... Summer, Ficus, defoliation...

    Well, folks, here in Brazil summer came with strong and regular 90'sF every day. So I thought "what about defoliating that mallsai I am trying to save"? And believe me, in one week it is surely back-budding like crazy! Plan is to prune and defoliate again in late summer to fill-in the empty...
  23. MHBonsai

    Big Benjamina Freebie

    I lucked into a big Ficus Benjamina. I know the hurdles and shortcomings of using these for bonsai, so please spare me the lecture... :) This one came from a friend who dearly loves the tree, but isn't able to keep it any longer. Thank goodness my wife is forgiving, the tree is huge. Nearly...
  24. willhopper

    Informal upright ficus “before & after”

    My wife got this ficus for free at a bonsai convention in Orlando last May and hasn’t touched it since. She is real timid with styling and wiring so I took a crack at it today since I’m still learning and this tree was free. There were some wiring challenges and I still might thin out the top a...
  25. Ryan H

    Tiger Ficus Cascade Progression

    Hey there nuts, I always really like when people post progression threads and keep them up. I also realized I haven't done one! I figured it'd start with this ficus trainer since I just worked on it recently. Plus ficus change quickly lol. Anyway this has been grown from a yearling now...
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