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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 11 months ago #22533

I cannot believe I never shared this tree here.

A good three years ago I was able to get a tree, almost dead, for a few euro's. I decided to take a gamble, and brought it home.

A few months later, I had repotted the tree, and the tree was hit by spider mites. As a result, the top dropped. In the greenhouse it went. Spring time 2013.

In and out of the garden, andd we reach spring 2014, when I first carved the cut-down stump.

Winter 2014/15 I defoliated and wired the whole thing

Last summer

And toda, enjoying the downpours we are having..

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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 11 months ago #22534

The tree got massive. Was the the trunk always that thick? It looks like it was way thinner on the first picture
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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 11 months ago #22535

It got a lot shorter, which illustrates the effect of chopping down!
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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 11 months ago #22546

That's awesome. How long after you re potted, did you fertilize? (If you remember)
And how long after you drop chopped, did you wire?
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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 11 months ago #22551

I probably fertilized it the same day. It if s ficus..

Wiring.. I think I have wired it now some 6 times. Every half a year r so a trim, feoliate and wire.
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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 11 months ago #22591

I'm contemplating chopping my Ficus and start to train it. I've had for over 12 years and I'm a little nervous about stressing it out and killing it. I've done some small trimming and it bounced right back.
How often to you feed yours during the summer months?
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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 11 months ago #22598

That´s a nice one well done so far and I am looking forward to see it in few years with a nice crown :)
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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 11 months ago #22600

simplysaid wrote: How often to you feed yours during the summer months?

Whenever I feertilize my other trees. Normally maybe every two weeks? And a handfull of chicken pellets whenever lots of rain are expected.
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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 10 months ago #23694

Loving summer!
Branches have started their real growing now. Just a littl bit longer till I have to defoliate and wire again. . Soon. So soon!

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Ikea ficus for bonsai 1 year 10 months ago #23695

I'm loving all these updates.

And the cat.
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