Sunday, July 10th
Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
The warm weather is upon us; most days are over 70 degrees along the coast and into the 80's and 90's inland with very mild nights in the upper 60's and low 70's. This is Ficus weather and also good for bougainvillea and olives. This month John Jackson, a member of an International Ficus Study Group, will show us how to style and re-pot ficus. Ficus styling and re-potting are handled a bit differently than the traditional bonsai varieties. Ficus generally have a rounded canopy. They can be styled in traditional styles such as moyogi, informal upright style. However, ficus look more natural as a rounded canopy, or banyan style as in the photo. Ficus also are excellent for root-over-rock. They are prolific producers of roots in the soil and also on the surface, a trade mark feature. In Google, type in Ficus Images or go to this site: http://bonsaibark.com/2016/06/14/a-common-mistake/, or see Jerry Meislik's book, FICUS, The Exotic Bonsai for more information on styling.