I received a Ficus bonsai a couple of years ago as a gift from my sister. But I didn't know much about Bonsai and just let it do it's own thing. The tree grew pretty well, but also went through some periods of dropping leaves.
Recently I decided to put my recent Bonsai education to work and see what happens. So I hacked my tall and lanky stems back, hoping to thicken my tree with 2 or 3 new shoots from each one of these cuts. I probably should have cut it back even further, but I'm starting slow. I didn't want to accidentally kill the tree!
|My bonsai Ficus before the haircut|
|My bonsai Ficus after the haircut|
I'll try to remember to give an update in a couple of months, when the new growth is popping out.