Ficus Nerifolia

My lone tropical specimen, this ficus nerifolia was slow to wake up this year, and part of the reason could be that it was pot-bound. I think it had been in this pot for 3 years. These trees are nearly epiphytes, but still it seemed it was time to repot.

A couple options

Yamafusa, slightly large.
Koyo, maybe too small.

It took some effort to free the tree from the pot…

Roots combed out
A little root pruning
I went with this Yamafusa, 17.5” wide, significantly more room than the previous pot. The fat trunk and broad canopy can carry the size, even though the tree is short. This was my first Tokoname pot, and also was used with my Japanese maple in the 3rd US National Bonsai Exhibition in 2012.
Settled in

Now that it’s repotted and settled in, it’s time for a little wire to orient the tree to its more inclined potting position.

A few outer shoots removed, and the lower left branch wired…good to go.

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