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Thought I'd try my hand at Schefflera

Winter is kind of a boring time for bonsai so I thought I would try out the fast growing Scheff. I tried during the summer but had one die and gave the other away. I picked up these four at Lowe's in a clump on sale for $4. The plastic pots actually ended up costing more than the plants themselves.

I'm not sure what I want to do with them yet. I really like the way that [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20201&highlight=scheffleral]Big Vine[/url] and [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10952&highlight=instant+bonsai]arboricola[/url] styled theirs, kind of a reverse c. This is actually the initial styling I had planned for the one I gave away. I plan on doing this to at least one of these plants. I have also heard (and I agree) that scheffs are best styled with a thick canopy to hide the big umbrella leaves so I plan on having a rainforest-like style, a strong trunk, few primary branches, and a dense canopy at the top.

Here are the trees, I plan on taking two to school with me and leaving two in the hands of my mother at home. The two that come with me will be worked on in about three weeks, enough time for the roots to recover from repotting.

Right now I have already chosen the one in the green pot, but I'd appreciate if anyone has any insight as to which other one I should take with me. Also, any advice or inspiration for styling directions would also be appreciated.

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They look like good starters. Be sure to entirely defoliate the tree when you prune it; it encourages it to branch more.

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