I just bought a young tree to grow. This is my first foray into the bonsai art but I've done a lot of reading, so hopefully within a few years I will be able to make something acceptable.
Welcome to the forum Henry, I think you are spot on with your horticultural intentions for this guy.
When I first got the tree is was growing in a 4 inch square nursury pot, and quite root bound. The roots were mostly growing downwards, although the surface roots weren't bad. I pruned the thicker roots pointing downwards.
Here is the result.
Looks good to me.
, Too bad you had not seen [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3423]this[/url]when you repotted. It could have helped you prevent repeating that procedure.
[Sorry about the poor photography, I'll do better next time.
LOL - If you only knew what often gets posted as 'photography'.. You would know you have nothing to apologize for.. Seriously
. I am glad you understand the importance of a good picture though and I thank you for that
I also removed about half to a third of the foliage to compensate. It grows very full and dense. I also raised the trunk in the pot slightly to reveal the flair at the base of the trunk. The bottom is a bit.. round, particularly before I took off the down-growing roots.
So far so good...
It's now planted in a 6in pot with hoffman's bonsai soil over 1in gravel plus perlite for drainage. Incedently, I'm thinking I probably should have screened the soil before I used it. It seems a bit muddy. Anyone have any experience with that sort of pre mixed soil? It's grit, expanded shale, turface and composted pine bark I think.
I mix my own soil so I have no experience with this brand but IMO sifting out the fines is a necessity
an option. So I agree with your assessment & you will have to be cautious with your watering as it may be staying wet longer.
My general strategy is to grow this in larger containers without pruning much until it grows a larger trunk, then cut it down. Maybe repeat that again with a large branch to create a taper, I'm not sure. I think I want to go for a broom form in the end. Is this a good strategy?
I like the fact that you have a plan and you understand how to get there. [This key point is so often overlooked by people who go chopping and say... 'Well, I am still thinking about it', Or
ask for ideas after
they have chopped it to pieces
Broom style eh? Quick question: Considering [url=https://images.google.com/images?um=1&tab=wi&client=firefox-a&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=broom%20style%20bonsai]brooms[/url] tend to have little to no taper at all... Why the multiple chops?
Will this species grow back reliably if I cut it down to the trunk and leave only one maybe two sacrifice branches? That's not until at least a year down the road anyway I suppose.
You can chop a healthy Nerifolia down to a leafless stump and it will come back...
All three=Same tree. Feel better?...I thought so
What can I do to encourage a robust nebari other than good soil and watering habits?
The only thing I would add to that equation is 'time', But you already knew that.
Also, how soon can I get this out into the full sun after such a big operation? I'd like to have it outdoors for it's health durring the summer months.
If you have somewhere partially sunny [Preferably Am] it should be outside now, In a few weeks as the new growth starts you could move it.
Do check out the stickys [And the links in them] at the top of the forum as well as the gallery and do visit [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3343]this thread[/url] for some bonsai inspiration.
You may find Jerrys' site very interesting also: https://www.bonsaihunk.us/ficusforum/FicusForum.html
I hope this was helpful.