A 19-Year Journey of a Ficus Microcarpa – From Pre-bonsai to Winning Awards

Simply amazing transformation.

Bonsai Penjing & More

I purchased this Tiger Bark Ficus microcarpa as a pre-bonsai in 1997, and continued to train it for about 19 years. Over these years, I saw it transformed from an ordinary looking pre-bonsai to one winning a place among the 25 Exceptional Tress Award in the 2013 World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF) Photo Contest. It also won the Best Tropical Category and Best of Show awards in the 2014 Lone Star State Bonsai Convention. I thought I would document its journey; sharing what I learned from working on this tree, the good and the bad, and what would I do in the future to improve it.

Tiger Bark Ficus Selected as one of the 25 Exceptional Trees Award in the 2013 World Bonsai Friendship Federation Photo Contest.

When I was shopping for a pre-bonsai in the nursery, this tree caught my attention because it had a rather big trunk, abut 3 ½” near the base, and it also…

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