One of the many projects we have is to replace a failing hedge of ficus trees. Ficus trees can be a nuisance; destroying pipes and foundation. However, I don’t like to kill things, so I decided to re-purpose them into bonsai; Judith’s and my new hobby.

Ficus is supposed to be a great bonsai subject for beginners in warmer climates especially. It can take tremendous abuse and grows rigorously. We brought a few trees to a mentoring session associated with the Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida, hosted by Ernie and Dorothy. Watch as they mentor me on how to begin transforming unwanted, unhealthy ficus into beautiful bonsai.