i am updating on my ficus retusa and so far it is doing pretty well imho. here are some pictures of when i first received it and a few after its rescue and then will be followed lastly by the current pictures.
picture at time of rescue (summer '06)
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these are pictures prior to repotting (aug '06)
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these are pictures post repotting (oct '06)
this was the progression of my ficus retusa and i would like to thank everyone in the forum for all their help and knowledge they imparted upon me, especially ynot and gnome for their excellent guidance and patience with such a noob in bonsai.
so w/o anymore waiting, here are pictures of my bonsai... i took pictures from different views, not sure which i should put as my front view... (pictures look pretty much the same as earlier ones only slightly bushier)
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[url=https://img176.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0586mn0.jpg][img]https://img176.imageshack.us/img176/6374/img0586mn0.th.jpg[/img][/url] [url=https://img266.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0587cm2.jpg][img]https://img266.imageshack.us/img266/7034/img0587cm2.th.jpg[/img][/url] [url=https://img82.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0588if9.jpg][img]https://img82.imageshack.us/img82/5909/img0588if9.th.jpg[/img][/url]
so these are the pictures as of today...
now, onto the questions...
ok, so i made it through the winter... what do i do now? i have no idea what i need to know or do to prepare myself for spring and the summer's growth. do i need to fertilize? should i prune? if so, when?
i would like to do for a formal broom style and possibly keep the ficus smaller but is it getting pretty big. (~15"?) i would like to try to make the ficus smaller and bushier. the leaves are pretty huge at the moment aswell. i am looking into fertilizing but not sure when or what kind of fertilizer to use. i would like to prune more of the fat feeder roots away as seen in the virtual picture to allow for future shallower potting and possibly potting more of the existing root system under the soil.. I'm assuming not to repot or root prune anytime soon since i had just done so about 4 months ago. should i start pruning the branches? if so, how do i do that? where should i cut? how much can i cut w/o killing the bonsai? i am confused on the the pruning process as i am mainly too hesitant to do anything drastic that might kill it.
i am looking for any advice you guys can give me. thank you for all the time and help. i hope to make this ficus into a wonderful bonsai