The last month or so my tropicals have been inside and under the lights, which means I see them even more than the summer. Eating dinner, feeding the dog, doing the dishes, no matter what I do in my apartment I am passing them by. This also means, that I get the itch to work on them…
I really needed some practice wiring so I decided to start on my little Grewia Caffra starter.
Before work started.
After deciding on a new angle.
Adding some wire and movement.
A few weeks later, showing some happy back budding.
In the beginning of October I visited my grandparents in Florida and visited Wigert’s Bonsai Nursery in Ft. Myers, and I was very impressed. They had some fantastic material on display, and also the pre-bonsai and bonsai stock for sale was top notch. I took home a little Ficus Retusa and I also did some thinning and wiring to this tree.
How it looked before I started work.
After thinning, wiring, and placing some branches.
A few weeks later and the tree is looking happy.
I have also made a few purchases from NE Bonsai to add to my tropical enclosure. First up we have a new Grewia. I have had good luck with my other Grewia so I figured I’d snatch this one up. It’s tall, but it’s one of the better Grewia’s I have seen at work so I made sure that I brought it home. I am just letting it get used to it’s new environment at the moment.
And last week, I brought home a Ficus Green Island. I’m really excited about this tree as it may be the best piece of material I currently have. It should thrive inside and so far so good.
Could this Green Island be paired with the Grewia for a little tropical display next year? We will see. After a repot to a Nick Lenz pot and with some flowers, I think it may look ok. Still very juvenile material all around but it is nice to start thinking ahead.
I haven’t finished the tropical enclosure but I may post my idea and the work to date on the project when I get around to it. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.