Yeah weird little plants. I will get a picture of the differences soon. I just had to pull all of my tropical plants in from outside as the weather is getting colder.
Plus there are a few other smaller ones around, a couple hanging baskets.
One of the plants that I've been playing with all summer is a small Schefflera arboricola. It was something that came from a local nursery that they got in as a bonsai "starter" tree. This looked like it hadn't been touched in a couple years and while it seemed to have a nice few main branches there were all sorts of random stragglers. While it had been growing nicely, it look like sh*t as far as passing as a tree. Another season of growth it could've been a crummy shrub. Hahahaha.
When I got it this spring I sat on my front porch for a couple hours, trimming it down to a semi decent shape. I really spent close to a month before I finally was happy with how it was pruned & poised for future growth! I then let the tree grow all summer long!
I've got absolutely zero bonsai experience, so I'm really just playing with this. I've done some reading online as well as watching videos. I'm kinda learning as I go. I feel like this tree has a lot of potential looking down the road a few years at least. I'm hoping for the nice Banyan tree look. Being as such I think this is going to go into the 55 emersed for the winter. I'll probably toss a brick or scrape block of 2x4 into the tank to keep the pot out of the water. This should encourage the tree to produce the air roots! I'm pretty excited about this!
Anyone have any experience when it comes to these things?