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

Bonsai Tool Descriptions

First let me start by stating a difference in japanese bonsai tools and chinese bonsai tools. Chinese tools are more cost affordable but often built of lesser quality. Japanese tools cost more, and often comes in various grade. You usually find novice, intermediate, Professionnal. All graded at different price from lowest to highest. Then, you have the stainless steel tools, wich are the summum. They are often professionnal grade but rust-proof. 

As a beginner, If you want to try bonsai, you can start with chinese bonsai tools, since they dont cost alot, but once you will have used chinese tools, and if you get to try a japanese pair of pliers of cutter, even the novice one, you'll notice the quality difference and will want to only use japanese bonsai tools in the future. So, novice japanese tools are ok for a beginner ? You bet. Once you'll get more serious about bonsai, you can start to upgrade your bonsai tool kit. 

Pointed nose shears
Pointed nose shears with a spring between handles.For small branch and root trimming.

Pointed nose shears with slip-through looped handle 

Pointed nose shears with slip-through looped handle, also for trimming small branches and roots.

Small trimmer with slim handle and finger control
Small trimmer with slim handle and finger control. For trimming twigs, old flower buds, old berries or for leaf cutting. (HAGARI)

Large trimmer
Large trimmer, strong enough to cut a large branch or root.

KUIKIRI trimmer
KUIKIRI trimmer is designed in a special style to cut a branch or root clean without leaving a knob. It makes a concave cut which promotes faster healing. Do not use for twig trimming.

KUIKIRI trimmer

KUIKIRI trimmer is also used to cut a branch at the crotch.

Large KUIKIRI trimmer
Large KUIKIRI trimmer is used to cut a large branch, root or knob.

Folding saw small
Folding type saw is used to saw a branch, root or trunk that cannot be cut with other tools.

Folding saw large 
Folding type saw. For sawing large roots or branches.

Hand pruner
Hand pruner for cutting large branches or roots.

Pocket knife
Pocket knife is handy in many ways, which includes grafting, budding, etc.

Double jointed wire cutter
Double jointed wire cutter, so called bolt cutter, for extremely large size wire.

Large straight pointed wire cutter
Large straight pointed wire cutter. Used for cutting both small and large size wires.

Small straight pointed wire cutter
Small straight pointed wire cutter. Used for small size wire. This is designed with a long handle, and has good leverage. Made in Japan.

Straight pointed wire cutter
Straight pointed wire cutter. Made in U.S.A.

Scissor-shaped small wire cutter
Scissor-shaped small wire cutter. Compact so that it can remain in the hand while rewiring small branches.

Pointed nose pliers
Pointed nose pliers for bending, twisting or removing strong wire. This type only the points are touching. Made in Japan.

Pointed nose pliers

Pointed nose pliers with beak completely touching. Made in U.S.A.

JIN maker pliers
JIN maker pliers for branch and trunk.

Two sizes of levers for use when a trunk or large branch is hard to bend by hand alone.

Bamboo chopsticks
Bamboo chopsticks with ends pointed, for removing the soil when transplanting or placing the soil later.

Fiber glass stick
Fiber glass stick, same purpose as Bamboo chopsticks.

KUMADE. Bear-claw shaped scratcher with a spatula end for removing the soil and pressing after transplanting.

Hand hook
Hand hook for removing the soil and combing tight roots when transplanting.

Trowel for pressing down soil ad moss after transplanting, especially around the edge of pot. Use straight edge for straight lined pot, and curved side for round or oval shaped pot.

Small hand broom
Small hand broom or brush to smooth off the surface soil after transplanting.

Tweezer for picking dead leaves, sticky needles, pulling weeds or catching insects from a tree. Spatula for removing or pressing soil.

Small scythe
Small scythe, used to loosen soil around edge of pot.

Turntable with stopper. Used mostly when shaping or transplanting large size trees. Must have stopper so that table will be stable while working.

Triangle wooden block
Triangle wooden block, 6 or 10 inches long. For setting the angle or position of the tree by inserting under roots or pot.

Tin shears
Tin shears for cutting screen.
 Do not use branch trimmer for cutting screens.

Tin shears
Tin shears for opening tin or plastic containers.
Do not use to cut branches.

Sprinkling can
Sprinkling can with fine rose for watering.

Sprinkling hose with a fine nozzle attached.

Water storing container
Water storing container, large pottery or wooden barrel.

Screen sieves for selecting the sizes of sand, soil and mulch.

1/2 inch, 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch, and 1/16 inch mesh screens.

Carving tools

Chisels and mallet

Electric drills

MiscellaneousHammer with pointed end, punch, lead (fishing sinker with hole) and wires for rock- clinging style (ISHIZUKE).

Moisture gauge

Tool box with extra trays

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.