PICTURE OF A 1 EURO FICUS, BOUGHT AT A SUPERMARKET, SOME 19 YEARS AGO!

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PICTURE OF A 1 EURO FICUS, BOUGHT AT A SUPERMARKET, SOME 19 YEARS AGO!

Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:18 am

Hi everybody,
some 19 years ago, in my early Bonsai years, I bought in our supermarket a less than a pinkie thick small Ficus for less than a Euro. I thought it could neatly grow with his roots over a moon rock that I had bought that afternoon at our local garden center for 5 Euro. Not realy realizing that that process would last almost two decades in our cold climate. Because of our cold nights, even in summer, this Ficus has to spends 8 months indoor, were it stands under a large window in my loft.It is all very unpractical, but it is one of those trees that you just keep on working on for sentimental reasons!
Last week I felt strong enough to lift this heavy combo down into my garden to finally give it it's next styling. I removed all the foliage and than, spread over two day's, wired the whole tree. Were it comes to the main branch placement, I have made some obvius beginners mistakes in those early years of styling. But even though, I do like the deciduous feel and look of this new image. 19 years, I think that this would have taken no more than 4 or 5 years in Thailand or Indonesia! But that is no reason to not try things every now and than!




Above: 1993, two years after planting on the rock.



Above: The year 1999.



Above: The tree today. 75cm/30inch high. I know it took use a long time, but I am glad I kept on going with this one! After all these years it is coming quit near to the image of the temple trees in "Angor Wat" Cambodia that I had in mind when I started this project!





Cheers,
Hans van Meer.


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PICTURE OF A 1 EURO FICUS, BOUGHT AT A SUPERMARKET, SOME 19 YEARS AGO!

Post  Guest on Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:28 am

Hello Hans, it's uly boy again!.I take it th Fig has moved elsewhere? It's interesting to swee the relationship between tree and rock change so much in such a short timespan. The rock appears to get smaller.

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Re: PICTURE OF A 1 EURO FICUS, BOUGHT AT A SUPERMARKET, SOME 19 YEARS AGO!

Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:53 am

will baddeley wrote:Hello Hans, it's uly boy again!.I take it th Fig has moved elsewhere? It's interesting to swee the relationship between tree and rock change so much in such a short timespan. The rock appears to get smaller.

Will, I had to chuckle at your Avatar picture. Very clever.... wise old sage. lol!
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Post  Jerry Meislik on Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:15 am

Very impressive progression.
Great work.
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Post  Jonny D on Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:10 pm

Hi Hans,

I think this is superb progression, congratulations! A real inspiration given the starting material - time, patience and skill.

Congratiulagtions again.

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REWIRED AND RESTYLED MY FICUS "ROOTS OVER ROCK" BONSAI .

Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:36 am

I must admit that a few day’s ago, after seeing my talented Bonsai story telling friend Jun’s wonderful impression of "Angor Wat", I had become a bit hesitant, to show my attempt to honoring this magical place! Smile But here we go anyway!
A few days ago I defoliated my Ficus root over rock Bonsai once again and than rewired and repositioned the branches into place again. It's branches are multiplied since the last time I work on it, so that wiring took me 7 hours (PFFFFF), but it was worth it in the end! The roots have thickened a lot in two years and the bark is also showing more and more age! Even though taking care of it, is not always easy were I live, this tree is slowly starting to look more and more as a Bonsai and has come fare since I bought it as a pinkie thick plant in our local supermarket! The second right branch has become a bit disturbing, because it is grows from the inside of a curve and is now almost growing from the same height as the opposite left branch. This wasn't this way when I started with this tree all those years ago, but both branches have thickened so much that they grow toward each other! A beginners mistake, but that’s normal! I was just starting with this hobby, when I started to form this tree!Smile I might remove it in the future? But for now it is just fine this way! But remember: branches thicken! Wink

Below: Before work started.



Below: After a lot of wiring!



Below: Close up of the fast thickening roots.



Hope you enjoyed the up date?!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

PS: I hope and pray that all is well with Jun and his family!

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Post  Victorghirotto on Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:14 am

wooow! very nice! thanks for sharing! Hey, do you have a photo of the back roots of the tree?

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:55 am

Hans,
It looks great.
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Re: PICTURE OF A 1 EURO FICUS, BOUGHT AT A SUPERMARKET, SOME 19 YEARS AGO!

Post  Yvonne Graubaek on Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:59 am

Hi Hans

Nice to see you have a big healthy ficus Smile...How do you keep it ower the year?
The stone actully looks like Ancor Wat, but I guess the tree was always to big, and not sylet for this....no problem the tree is nice ower the rock.

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:34 am

Victorghirotto wrote:wooow! very nice! thanks for sharing! Hey, do you have a photo of the back roots of the tree?

Cheers!

Thanks Victor! I will make one of the backside tomorrow and post them later on!
Cheers,
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Post  pongsatorn.k on Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:34 pm

Wow very nice sir Very Happy. 19 years!!! affraid

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Post  AlainK on Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:24 pm

Great!

I guess this is Ficus benjamina, isn't it?

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Re: PICTURE OF A 1 EURO FICUS, BOUGHT AT A SUPERMARKET, SOME 19 YEARS AGO!

Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:23 pm

Yvonne Graubaek wrote:Hi Hans

Nice to see you have a big healthy ficus Smile...How do you keep it ower the year?
The stone actully looks like Ancor Wat, but I guess the tree was always to big, and not sylet for this....no problem the tree is nice ower the rock.

Kind regards Yvonne

Hi Yvone,
I am glad you like it! I know that this tree those not realy look anything like those mighty wildly shaped Ficus that grow in Angor, but from childhood on (when I first saw pictures in a book about Angor), I was amazed about the fact that those roots could grow over and trough anything that man can make! And thats what I wanted to try realy, to see if it was possible to do this in a Bonsai, with Ficus, in the Netherlands! It was more a homage from me to Angor and it's amazing Ficus trees! One of my first attempts in styling any tree realy, thats why I kept it all those years! And I am glad I did! It is getting better and better and I realy enjoy following it's progress, in conquering that whole stone, from year to year! Very Happy
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:24 pm

AlainK wrote:Great!

I guess this is Ficus benjamina, isn't it?

Hi Alain,
yes it is!
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:27 pm

pongsatorn.k wrote:Wow very nice sir Very Happy. 19 years!!! affraid

Regards,
Pongsatorn

Thank you! And by now it is 21 years!
Cheers,
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