Peepul tree (Ficus religiosa)

Also known as the ‘sacred fig’, or ‘Aśvattha’ this species is believed to be the one under which Gautama Buddha was meditating when he attained enlightenment. I have been developing this tree since obtaining it as a small sapling in 2016.

July 23, 2022:
The tree today.
July 9, 2016:
The tree when purchased from Walter Anderson nursery in San Diego.
July 9, 2016:
Close-up of the trunk and base when purchased.
August 5, 2016:
The tree from another angle a month later.
August 6, 2016:
August 6, 2016:
August 6, 2016:
Trying out its new pot.
August 6, 2016:
Repotted. Lots of room to grow.
August 20, 2017:
The tree a year later with branches wired. I struggled with trying to reduce the length of these branches. In the future I may rely more on pruning to the first secondary branch on each primary branch to reduce branch lengths instead of trying to do it with wiring.
September 9, 2017:
The tree on the bonsai benches in fall.
December 30, 2017:
Wire removed in early winter.
April 21, 2018:
Rewired in spring.
April 29, 2018:
A visitor.
May 13, 2018:
The tree leafing out in spring.
September 18,2018:
The tree after another summer of growth.
March 7, 2020:
The tree a year and a half later in spring. The stubs from earlier branch prunings are visible. I probably should have cut each branch back again by at least half at this point.
September 3, 2020:
Another summer of growth.
June 20, 2021:
Removed from the pot for repotting.
June 20, 2021:
Radial root spread beginning to form.
June 20, 2021:
Good fit in new pot.
June 25, 2021:
Leaves drooping five days after repot. I was keeping it in the shade.
July 24, 2021:
One month later.
February 6, 2022:
The tree before rewiring on February 6.
April 28, 2022:
The tree after wiring two months later. Needs weeding.
July 23, 2022:
The tree today from the back side.

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