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Shape for Ficus Bonsai 7 months 3 weeks ago #36813

Hi all, new to the forum here. :)

I am new to bonsai growing (excuse my terminology) and I was wondering how I should shape my particular bonsai.


It's store bought from Ikea so definitely not the greatest place to buy a bonsai, but it's what I have. I just need some ideas on what I should do, and maybe some other beginner tips you could give me.

This is my second bonsai I have had, the first died from spider mites :( Live and learn I guess. Hopefully I can do something good with this guy though! :)

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Shape for Ficus Bonsai 7 months 3 weeks ago #36816

Hi, welcome to the empire.

Gues I am going to make you sad. You do not actually have a bonsai, bbut athing referred to as a mall sai. A plant in a pot bought from a large retailer labelled as bonsai, which in fact is nothing more than a mass-produced trimmed plant.

Bonsai is a combination of horticulture and art, aimed at growing unique miniature trees. This plant however is a set of roots with leaves grafted on top. Nothing wrong with it as a houseplant. But a bonsai it is not, and will unfortunately never be (Only in rare cases, mostly with people n the tropics, do people manage to grow this into something related to bonsai).

I would recommend treating it as a houseplant, and read a bit more on bonsai to get a better idea of what bonsai is all about.
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Shape for Ficus Bonsai 7 months 3 weeks ago #36817

Oh, well thats a bummer. I always thought that it looked a little strange to me, I just never considered the fact that this is not a bonsai. It also hasn't grown hardly besides growing 10-15 more leaves.

If I were to go to a nursery and get a small sapling to turn into a bonsai, what species should I get? I have read that ficus plants are easier to keep than others, but I really like the shape of Junipers. Could a Juniper live outside all season?

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Shape for Ficus Bonsai 7 months 3 weeks ago #36818

GareonTheStargazer wrote: If I were to go to a nursery and get a small sapling to turn into a bonsai, what species should I get?


Don't. Bonsai are not created by keeping saplings small.
Sure you can get one, but just let it grow. Meanwhile, start studying.

Look under 'Tree species' for suitable ones.

I really like the shape of Junipers. Could a Juniper live outside all season?


Junipers MUST be outside.
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