From Trash Room Benjamina to Banyan Bonsai. :)

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From Trash Room Benjamina to Banyan Bonsai. :)

Post  Dreamcast on Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:26 am

I got a Ficus. Benjamina from a friend earlier this year, he had found it in the trashroom where he lives, it was nothing special really and just a typical neglected and overgrown "multi trunk" Benjamina from a supermarket.

This is how it looked when i got it.


As it had a rather nice start to a nebari and already some growth lower down the trunk i decided to take a chance on it and try to design my first Banyan Tree.

The follow are photos taken over the year.





Here it is couple of days ago, i think its well on its way to become a rather nice Banyan as it matures and develops more branching and air roots to support them.


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Post  Dreamcast on Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:17 pm

One more step towards becoming a Banyan. Smile

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Post  LanceMac10 on Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:25 pm

Very interesting presentation.

Looks like it's progressing nicely!

You've done well with it.

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Post  Dreamcast on Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:58 am

Thank you!, LanceMac10

Me being a complete novice when it comes to displaying trees would very much like to hear what you find interesting about it, and any other thought on how to improve would be much appreciated. Smile

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Post  LanceMac10 on Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:22 am

If anything, it's a little too centered in the pot.

Assess which one of those three large trunks you could do without and remove.
Their a little too alike and make it look like a bush.
Of course, if that is what you want, don't remove anything! Very Happy

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:52 pm

Now, cut a chopstick or two into several inch (or so) pieces, and use those pieces to brace some or all of those trunks apart, so the grove is leaning away from itself.  Leave it alone for a LONG time or they'll bounce back.  That will give it a more natural look as if each tree is struggling to get to the sun.

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Post  Dreamcast on Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:45 pm

Thank you both! very good advice for the next work session, will now let it grow free for a while. Smile

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Post  Dreamcast on Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:43 pm

Very soon after last update i decided to plant the tree into a bigger container (without cutting any roots), since it has grown very well and was becoming to big for the propagator i decided it was time for its first real styling, after defoliation, removal of 9 trunks, some snips hear and there and bending the trunks outwards and this is the result, so far.

There is a lot of work to be done, and the central trunk will have to thicken up considerably, but i think this can become a nice Banyan/Clump Style tree in time. Smile


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Post  Dreamcast on Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:12 am

January 2017 update.

Only used Clip & Grow and guy wires since i started developing this material. Smile


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Post  appalachianOwl on Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:57 am

This is a cool progression, thanks for sharing. Do you plan to develop some arial roots in the future? Also whats the scale/size on this one? -Jacob

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Post  Precarious on Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:37 pm

Nice work on interesting subject. Do you have plans regarding the very thick above-ground roots in the front?

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Post  Dreamcast on Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:09 pm

appalachianOwl wrote:This is a cool progression, thanks for sharing. Do you plan to develop some arial roots in the future? Also whats the scale/size on this one? -Jacob

Thanks, yes my plan is to let aerial roots form once the branch structure has matured some more, i am aiming for a wide and low Banyan tree. Smile

It stands 30cm from the lip of the pot. Smile

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Post  Dreamcast on Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:12 pm

Precarious wrote:Nice work on interesting subject.  Do you have plans regarding the very thick above-ground roots in the front?

Thank you, i will try to remove almost all thick roots next repot, hopefully that and a more shallow pot will contribute to a better sense of scale for this tree. Smile

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Post  appalachianOwl on Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:21 pm

Very cool. Keep us posted.

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Post  Jesse on Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:07 pm

appalachianOwl wrote:Very cool. Keep us posted.

Echo that

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Post  AlainK on Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:46 pm

Very cool to transform an ugly house plant in such a promising bonsai.

I made a imilar experiment with a Ficus 'Natasha', I already posted about it but haven't worked on it since then, actually. We'll see next spring, I'll make lots of cuttings from the now long shoots and try to start its little brother:

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t14556-31-year-old-ficus-burkei-progression#149652

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