This amazing piece of information list provides about How to Care Ficus Benjamina and Pruning ficus branches, list of Basic Bonsai Styles


A tree living in the nature on a steep cliff can bend downward as a result of several factors, like snow or falling rocks. These factors cause the tree to grow downward. With Bonsai it can be difficult to maintain a downward-growing tree because the direction of growth opposes the tree’s natural tendency to grow upright. Cascade Bonsai are planted in tall pots. The tree should grow upright for a small distance but then bend downward. The crown of the tree usually grows above the rim of the pot, but the subsequent branches alternate left and right on the outermost curves of the S-shaped trunk. These branching s should grow out horizontally in order to maintain the balance of the tree.

Bonsai Styles - Cascade Style (KENGAI)

Semi-cascade (HAN-KENGAI) is very close to an extremely slanted trunk style. The apex is placed at tip of tree. Medium depth pot can be used for this style.
A formal cascade.
In the center of the pot the apex and the tip of the cascading portion form a straight line in the very formal style.
GAITO-KENGAI can be likened to a tree growing on a mountain top, with part of it hanging over the cliff. Almost wind swept.

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Ficus Diseases and Pests

Ficus pests are mainly scale, mites and mealy bugs.
Ficus can be treated with soap sprays for most insect infestations.
Yellow leaves, sticky leaves, off color leaves and/or spider webs indicate insect problems.