Mid-2003: 18" maximum height, 13" wide,
16" front to back, trunk is 1-1/2" across at base;
in a 7-1/2"H brown unglazed cascade pot
(7"W top O.D., 5-7/8"W top I.D., approx.
4-1/2"W bottom O.D.)
Unlike the blooming plants described in
this specimen was not unduly stressed. For the past year it has been
sited facing eastward, getting all-morning and early afternoon full sun.
It is watered almost every day from mid-April through mid-October to encourage
lush growth; fed full-strength alternating fertilizers on weekends during
that time period as well.
The irony is that this was one of the plants
taken to the Kingman bonsai class in mid-May for trimming and pinching
practice. It was only barely touched. Full attention may have
ended its blooming for this year and we would never have known it.
No sign of blooming seen on the parent
plant, sibling casade or other
's in RJB's collection.
If there is, this page will definitely be updated!
I have not been able to determine if any
other bonsai Elephant Food in Arizona has ever been known to bloom.
A co-worker informed me, however, that her rooted cutting [non-bonsai]
from a cutting from a specimen plant (growing in Whittier, CA but not John
Naka's) is positioned in a sunny windowbox in her kitchen and
has bloomed before. Maybe it's just this area...