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.

Summer cleanup of an Itoigawa

I repotted this tree in March, after basically giving it a year off in 2021. It had lost a few branches in the back, I think a very delayed response to leaving wire on too long several years ago. The rest of the tree is healthy, and in time, it will be easy to perform a good “comb over” to fill in the space in the back.

For now, I wanted to clean up the tree to enjoy looking at it again, after all it is one of my favorite trees. Before:

After pruning downward-growing shoots, and trimming the strongest runners.
One lower right side branch was wired back into the profile, otherwise the tree has no other wires at the moment.

And reviewing the photo above, it appeared to want a little scrubbing down, so the trunk was scrubbed with a toothbrush, and a 50% diluted lime sulfur solution was painted onto the deadwood.


Sometimes I forget things. Not long ago, I got busy and left my Masakuni pliers and my Kiku wire cutters (my first pair…had them nearly 25 years) on the bench outside. I noticed them a few days later, after two-a-days watering schedule.

Start with a green scratchie, remove the rust.

Pliers cleaned up first
Wire cutters next
Then a little gun oil rubbed over all
Oil rubbed in, and excess wiped off with a towel
Back in business!