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Dionysus9
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Literati Serissa (In the Works)

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This is my first real bonsai, a Serissa. I'm planning on styling it Literati with a slightly exposed root base. I just bought it from a vendor at the mall near me, and after moving it, it lost a few leaves and began to yellow. But not long after that it began warming up to it's new home in my room, and the leaves have really become quite green. I'm hoping for this thread to be a diary of this tree's progress. Here's a few pictures of my current set-up. Quite simple and uninvolved, but it's working very well so far.

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Most of the leaves above are greening again and it's adapting well. It gets 12-15 hours of light a day, both natural (this room has the largest window in the house, about 10ft tall) and fluorescent.

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Quick picture of some exposed roots that seem to have struck well. I spray the top roots often to try and encourage more.

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This is the whole set up, just a 50W fluorescent in the black lamp and a 100W in the silver lamp. To the left of the picture is the big window. By the way, I intend on purchasing a true moisture tray soon.

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So I woke up this morning and found this little bugger moseying around the topsoil. I was a bit irked by this, because he mustve been in the soil when I bought the tree last week. Could there be more? Should I repot?

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its a ninja slug. look at how he blends in with the other rocks :P . i would say just pick him out and throw him outside.

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I stared at the soil for a good 30 seconds until I was able to spot him. I almost kicked myself.

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I love your bonsai. It looks really unique, like a literati style with a traditional crown of leaves, very unique! And the slug, just throw it outside, and check for more, you can get a stick and oke around the top, flip over some rocks and such. Cool lizard by the way.

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Thanks! I repotted it in better-draining soil, and to get rid of any slugs. So I don't think it's a problem anymore.

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I know that this is a super old post, but an excellent example of the mis-conception of the literati style, a beginner usually approaches a tree such as the one in this post (sorry for picking on you but) laking any elements of bonsai and say " oh its not anything ill make it a literati". This is classic action taken by experienced people as well. A literati is actually the hardest form to carry out correctly, for one literati is unlike any of the other forms such as formal/informal uprights or brooms, it isn't necessarily a style but a principle or even a classification such as shohin and mame. A literati should have a trunk with sinuous movement and dramatic trunk line with twists and turns narrating the struggle for a tree to survive. This tree (again no offence) has no essential elements for a literati. A literati has more of alook like this

https://knowledgeofbonsai.org/articles/techniques/styles-styling/literati-style-bunjin/
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sorry i posted the same thing twice..... in this box
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