This is really a follow on of TWO posts. First, Trunksplitting, scoring and scratching to thicken bonsai cuttings and A Watched Baobab Never Thickens. I must state from the outset that I live in a sub tropical area where things just grow and grow and grow. If anything, I can never reduce my leaves as small as bonsaiists in, say Gauteng or the Cape. I have to really be careful with watering, because it gets either too hot and my trees die or they get too much water and I sit with long internodes.
May 2015’s Porticularia afra in the green pot (which has since been broken by monkeys), looked like this:
and the next image was taken today, 6 November 2016, albeit it in a new pot. The next step for this potensai will be to split the trunk and get some movement in it.
At the time, I experimented and took three similar sized cuttings. Put one in a small meme pot, scored one and put it in a green pot and put one in my garden and forgot about it.
The moral of the story is: if you want quick fixes to your bonsai, stick them in the ground and forget about them. I was pleasantly surprised by the above specimen and gave it a quick preliminary styling. Now you have a lot more to work with on the tree AND a lot more cuttings.