I think that lately I have hit a succulent slump! I want to blame it on the heat of summer, or possibly even the weirdness of the Presidental race, or maybe the winds of hurricanes passing by Key West, ..causing a little grief around here. I don't really know why...but up until today, I have felt a little blase in regards to my plants and my blog (since I have sort of steered away from posting about my main subject)!!!
Well, today I went out to my succulent tires, and discovered that my Portulacea afra has grown wildly out of control. I was given a few cuttings from a bonsai master, and he told me to plant them and wait for them to grow and form a thicker main stem (which will be a "trunk"), for a little tree when I would bonsai it. That was about a year ago....and it has happened, the trunk is thicker and ready to go.
Well, as lucky as I am (LOL)...I visited the library this evening, and unbelieveably, I found a book called "Indoor Bonsai", by Paul Lesneiwicz, which discusses tools and techniques to bonsai, and I am ready to try it! I bought the book which was for sale there for 50 cents. No way could I walk away from it! Am I not so lucky to come upon it, after just discovering how large my plant had become? Oh my goodness!!!
Here is a picture I found that is kinda-sorta how mine will look once I start cutting on it! Does anyone out there have any bonsai'd succulents??? I really like this idea...gonna do more research during the remainder of the summer heat, and when it cools down, I hope to be ready to start trimming. Wish me luck! I feel like my my succulent motor is running again!!!