Schefflera actinophylla repot

This tree was collected in my garden 5 years ago, it was growing on a stag horn on a palm tree.

It is a fast grower, obviously loving sun, heat and water. It was pretty much cut flat a the base, no roots. It was over a meter tall, so I trunk chopped it. As the heart wood isn’t hard, it rotted, and now the main trunk is hollow.

The new Chinese pot will suit for now. I like the color contrast, but I see more a concrete slab, i believe it will compliment this urban yamadori.

It was more than time to repot it, as you can see on the picture. Interesting to notice how vigorously the roots grew where I had my fertilizer cakes. I need to reduce the amount of fertilizer, and rotate more often to prevent this. The root mass inside the pot is very dense and fine, which was a nice surprise. Seeing all those thick fleshy roots coming from every draining hole, I wasn’t expecting such fine roots.

Previous substrate was pumice/zeolite/pine bark in 2/2/1 ratio, and 3/6mm. This time I went for pumice/zeolite/scoria/akadama, 1/1/1/1, same size.

Looking forward to the future for that tree, very natural looking.

Watered and with top dressing
Time for a repot!
Yep, definitely!
Where my fert cake was..
Secured, ready for rest of substrate
Pot’s chops
What was removed

Recommended Book

Like all bonsai-olics, i have a fair few books and magazines about the art. Some are mostly for inspiration, others for species informations or specific topics. But i have recently acquired one from a local bonsai artist, Stephen Cullum. I think it is brilliantly written and organized. With a wealth of knowledge instilled in and specific information and thoughts about doing bonsai in Australia.

Aims and Goals

A very beginner by all means, 4 years on in this addiction and I am still married… A few trees have died (ok, fine…., I killed them, including my first one…RIP “Benji Uno”), but many more are thriving and teaching me something every day.

Almost all my trees are tropical for some reason. This blog is about keeping tracks of my trees, successes and failures, frustrations and trepidations. I am especially looking forward to sharing and learning from the bonsai community. I am a member of a Bonsai Club (BIMER in Brisbane) and browse regularly the great Ausbonsai Forum.

Tropical Bonsai

I started my Bonsai journey the year my son was born, 2013, sowing a few Jacaranda seeds. I still have 2 healthy trees today. At the time, not knowing anything about bonsai and trees, I thought they would make beautiful bonsai..!! Yeah, right ! I know better now.

Being in a sub tropical climate, we are blessed with a very long growing season (it hardly ever stop really). So most trees grow quickly, and with that comes often longer internodes, long vertical shoots, …

A lot of our trees comes from Brazil here in Brisbane, Jacaranda, Ponciana, Leopard Tree, Tabebuia, Jaboticaba, Coral tree,…. They are stunning, but are definitely very challenging to train as future bonsai !