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Bonsai

bon·sai (bone-sigh) n.

Etymology: Japanese, literally, tray planting; a potted plant (as a tree) dwarfed and trained to an artistic shape by special methods of culture

Also: the art of growing such a plant

Plural: bonsai

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Ficus benjamina

(Ficus benjamina "too small")

I won this ficus at our August 2005 bonsai club meeting! I'm not sure yet what I plan to do with this one, but I was really anxious to have a ficus to play with. I like the ones with aerial roots.

Ficus benjamina 'too small' 8/12/05

In the Spring of 2006, this one will have to have its roots trimmed, and go into a smaller pot! But for now, it seems to be doing fine. On August 26, 2005, I just trimmed a little; here's the "after" view:

Ficus benjamina 'too small' post-trim 8/26/05

The Ficus gallery can be found here.

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