Here is the ficus today. I need to do something about the 2 horizontal branches on the left. The lower ledf branch is to straight for the first segment. To thick to bend easily and I don't really want to cut a wedge in the bottom.
So I am thinking about addressing it with an angle change repot. Which do you like best of the below? Both will require modifying the canopy.
After a repot to change the angle. I had to bare root all the aerial roots in order to be able to wire them into a vertical position. Never done that before. That is why the surface is covered with long grain sphagnum, to help the roots re-establish. It will stay on till next summer. Assuming it bounces back it will probably get one styling over the winter. First branch on the right need work.
I really like #2 David.
OK, on looking again, the strong root on the right side of the picture provides the correct anchor for the cascade style. #2 wins.
but #1 looks more like the natural habit of a ficus... hmmm...
Cascade #2 is a classic look...
This is coming from someone absolutely new to Bonsai, but my instinct is that the second looks better. The first puts the bottom left branch completely parallel to the ground, which doesn't look as attractive to me.