BRANCH & LEAF PRUNING [for Ficus varieties]
Use small, sharp scissors to prune bonsai. Only trim the stems, not the leaves, of a ficus as trimmed leaves take on an untidy appearance and turn brown.
Choose a style of shaping, including slanting and formal upright. Make a sketch of the desired shape and mark which branches need to be removed, including any that grow upright, cross one another
or grow inward. Also plan to remove one branch in two that form directly opposite, creating an alternating branching habit.
Shape the ficus in the winter before heavy spring growth occurs. Start at the bottom of the tree and work your way up, following your sketched plan. Use concave cutters to remove the branches.
Prune new growth by pinching and cutting throughout
the growing season to two or three leaves per shoot. If the ficus needs lengthening, filling in or height extension, allow some shoots to grow in the desired areas.
*[Please note that for re-potting we charge at 150-200/- dhms; depends on the size of the tree, most trees work-out at 150/-]