Not really. Most bonsai will take many years to develop, but with the Schefflera you can have a potential bonsai in less than a year. Here's one that I've been working with for the past six months.
A six inch single stem cutting was taken on May 1st. The cutting was rooted directly in an 8 inch unglazed pot using a 50/50 organic/ inorganic soil mix.
Around the first of June the plant produced a new leaf at the apex. This is a good indication that the cutting has rooted.
After 2 weeks of growth the plant was started on fertilizer. Dyna-Gro (7-9-5) full strengh was used. The tree was fertilized every other watering or about once a week.
Around the 15th of July the plant had grown enough so that I could pull the trunk back over itself and tie it down. I used silicone tubing and florist wire for the tiedown.
I was looking for something other than a straight or slanted trunk.
After another month of growth the plant was at the height I wanted (about 8 inches). At this time I removed the growth bud at the apex and any new buds as they appeared.
The first week in Sept. the plant threw me a curve and broke a bud low on the trunk.I didn't really want a branch at that position, but decided to leave it to deal with later.
This was taken 10 Oct.. The tie down has been removed and the new branch is doing well.
Same date. A leaf was cut just above the bend leaving the axil and ½ inch of stem. This will encourage a new bud in this area.
25 Oct. The new bud broke, but not where I wanted it. Oh well.
As of this date it has been 6 months since the cutting was taken. The new bud is doing well. Another 3-4 months and the plant should start showing some potential.
Updates on this tree will follow.
Comments, questions and ideas are always welcome.