Crackpot bonsai

 See now and be satisfied for before you is a broken pot.  

And a drain-hole screen.  

Secure the screen, securely. 


Tie-down wire for tying down. 


Ficus salicaria root cuttings.  From last year. Radically reaching rooted root cuttings ready for rearranging.  


I like the big one. Take that comment as you will. 


Prune the roots. Gently. 

Shave the reverse taper down. Shave it down man. Just shave it. 

With the knife (if you’re reading this aloud it should be pronounced ka-nife)  


Some wire. All-you-min-eeeee-ummm-why-urrrrr. 

Soil, only the best, Supermix™.  

The tree. Tie it down.  

Backfill, chopstick it in, fertilize and…. that is all. 

I like this last pic as the front.  

It’s mysterious. It makes you slightly annoyed that you can’t see the soil and you have to look around the side to see it. Insidious. Subversive. Iconoclastic. 

And that’s the way it is. 

About adamaskwhy

Visual artist specializing in bonsai, mostly.
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4 Responses to Crackpot bonsai

  1. John Beck says:

    That’s a knice knife.


  2. Mel Smith says:

    BERilliant idea..Won’t be throwing broken pots away again..


  3. J. says:

    Way to shake the paradigm. Also everything I have ever read says not to fertilize until a month after repotting. Do you do this on all species or just Ficus? Thanks.


    • adamaskwhy says:

      I fertilize everything, except deciduous, when repotting. Let’s try logic, if it were true that new roots were damaged by fertilizer then we could never use it; the tree is always growing new roots.
      Now, the reason you don’t fertilize deciduous after a repot is because you do that before the new growth in spring. If you fertilize at that time you’ll get longer internodes (which you don’t want) because fertilizer stimulates green growth. Fertilize them after the new growth has hardened off.


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