I acquired this ficus from a great Boston bonsai nursery (Bonsai West) last October on clearance, due to some really bad structural flaws, and a generally uninteresting trunk line. I had no idea why it wasn’t an ideal piece of material at the time. I liked the roots and wanted something to get started. It was my first tree and now it’s my first educated styling / first working. It almost didn’t make it through the winter, but after repotting it in pure sphagnum moss it bounced back dramatically.
My tentative plan is to plant it on a slab or non traditional pot to show this front and keep the roots exposed. I left branches longer than I’d like, and will be lowering the right side and doing more work on the apex as I learn more.
Mirai has been worth every penny. I should have signed up sooner. Thanks to Ryan, the garden and production teams, and everyone in the community