What is the Bonsai Story?

Tess Simpson



There are a number of Fig trees (Ficus species) that naturally have small leaves, but as is often the case, some of the best bonsai specimens are developed using the larger leaved specimens such as the Port Jackson Fig (Ficus rubiginosa) and the Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrocarpa).

Ideally, fig trees should have their leaves reduced in size so that a very small well balanced bonsai can be achieved – that is, the ratio of leaf is appropriate in proportion to the tree’s height and width.

When first potting or repotting a fig tree into a bonsai pot, the roots can be trimmed and all the leaves cut off. This must be done between mid and late spring.

From a 2 page Feature Article in Issue Thirty Eight
A beautiful forest of trees near a rocky outcrop. Was the cabin built from the timbers from the forest?
There is a family of monkeys living in this old fig tree somewhere in Asia.
 This Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii) has been pushed over in a typhoon and is lucky to be still standing.


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