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It is not unusual to have more than a bonsai Ficus variety included in a personal collection. Although they are the same gender, different varieties can vary greatly.
There are many types of Ficus have aerial roots .
Roots can hang from the branches. Some species grow aerial roots mainly near the trunk, others have none.
One thing that most figs have in common is a white to yellowish latex (which can be very sticky while working with them.)
Everyone knows like figs, most are not considered edible for humans. The Mediterranean ficus carica is the only raised by its “fruit”. Although in the same family as others, it is deciduous, and is not tropical. Rarely it used as bonsai.
One of the most common figs used for bonsai is F. benjamina . For those who want to do yourself, it is often readily available in garden centers as a “floor of the house.” It also grows easily from cuttings. Like most figs make benjamina tolerates many beginner mistakes.
One thing that makes them a little different from other varieties of figs is they do not like having all their leaves eliminate once . Doing so can cause branches to die.
Often, bonsai artists have other creative outlets!
In addition to Brad Barlow ‘s prize bonsai winner (one of which is shown above) having created a realistic “decision-tree technique” which translates into what he calls “ virtual Bonsai ” you can never kill.
Another favorite is the native Australian Port Jackson fig – F. eglanteria .
Dorothy Koreshoff this bonsai styled Ficus from a court of 1949. This semi-cascade style is unique for a fig, but in this case, it works.
Photo of Roger Hnatiuk in November 2006 Plants of Australia as Bonsai Exhibition held at the National Botanic Gardens of Australia.
Sometimes I receive photos of other people unsourced , if you see your bonsai on any page of this site, or recognize someone, please let me know.
F. nerifolia is especially popular due their small leaves naturally. Most often it has been designed as a bonsai-shaped canopy. This group is a very unique interpretation.
The bark of this bonsai Ficus tree bark can vary in color from light brown to a reddish color. When red, the color can be emphasized slightly to display a very thin layer of cooking oil.
Bonsai retusa “ Tiger Bark ”
is called and due to the thin, almost white stripes in the cortex.
The bark is very textured.
Created by the artist Norberto Rodriguez Arroyo of Puerto Rico.
The Ficus species shown on this page are just some of the many available as good Ficus bonsai subjects.
Light – The fact that tolerant figs poorly lit areas not mean they like! A sunny place is better, and do not forget to keep warm. cooler weather slows the growth
Water -. Let dry slightly between waterings. Never keep wet. Inside, fog frequently. Be sure to read about variables water
Trim – Because this plant grows quickly, will have to cut new growth more often than many other plants .
root pruning – Many bonsai enthusiasts not cut Ficus roots quite often and finally, you must use a saw to remove the mass (disorder) created.
When necessary, roots to tolerate this radical pruning saw and proceed to fill the pot again.
In the tropics, bonsai Ficus trees may need to re-filled twice a year. In other areas, check once a year. If grown indoors, pruning the roots may even be every two years.
wire – The young branches are very flexible. If wire change or move the branches is used, be cautious. rapid growth can create external damage very quickly. (Especially in hot climates.)
Interior – A bright warm place is more important. For producers who must keep their bonsai Ficus trees inside, aerial roots development is unlikely. However, some greenhouses provide enough moisture. An outdoor summer will help you maintain good health.
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