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Re: How I grow my Ficus

Post  Ryan on Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:12 am

Yvonne Graubaek wrote:Hi Ryan

A healthy little fellow...how nice the nebari already is being formed....I would in a hurry remove the roots above the surface, as you risk they will give you a inverted taper at this early point....only keep the roots under the surface....Let the tree become a lot bigger before keeping surfaceroots, it will look more natural.

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Thank you Yvvone. My thinking was that they will cause invert taper and swell above where they come out, and then create a larger base in a shorter time. That would then be my new base.

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Post  Guest on Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:40 am

Hi Ryan

If you want to base to start higher up the trunk, would I suggest you place the tree lower in the soil, to were you want it to start.

You say " a svelling above the new root".....it is under the root, it is usefull,... ower, is it problems....Try to make a simple drawing of what you said, see how it looks.

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Post  Ryan on Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:55 am

Here's the base of that rubiginosa seedling as of tonight:

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Post  Ryan on Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:11 pm

Rubiginosa throws aerial roots pretty easily Wink


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Post  Ryan on Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:49 am

I just finished building a box for my huge 8 inch trunk Ficus natalensis. It's got a box all to itself.



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Post  Ryan on Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:51 pm

Built another little greenhouse a few weeks ago. So far the trees are in it are flourishing with lots of new growth.





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Post  MrFancyPlants on Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:12 pm

Did you skip the Mylar with the latest box? I've been thinking of a good way to add some reflective materials to my aquarium setup without being too ugly or reflecting to much direct light back into the viewer. But for now I am trying to see my setup through a week long holiday since I'll be out of town. Maybe a week free of tinkering will do it some good.

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Post  Ryan on Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:17 pm

MrFancyPlants wrote:Did you skip the Mylar with the latest box? I've been thinking of a good way to add some reflective materials to my aquarium setup without being too ugly or reflecting to much direct light back into the viewer. But for now I am trying to see my setup through a week long holiday since I'll be out of town. Maybe a week free of tinkering will do it some good.

Yep it is mylar free. Growth is the best I've seen so far.

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Post  Ryan on Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:38 pm

So note to self, don't use pond baskets Laughing




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Post  MrFancyPlants on Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:40 pm

congrats on the growth of the new seedlings. I wouldn't ditch the pond basket so fast though. You could always do a little manual pruning since the air pruning doesn't seem to be doing it's job. It is still better than circling roots I would think. I ran into a similar issue in a traditional pot when I got back from vacation a few days ago at the bottom of this picture.

Sorry for the sideways image, it is a little tricky posting from the iPad. Notice all the dropped leaves from the spider mite susceptible one that you pointed out. Fortunately it doesn't seem to have any issues replacing them yet.

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Post  MikeG on Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:44 pm

This is actually the thing I've been planning to do with my 2 year old jbp seedlings come spring. An article in Bonsai Todays master series on black pines features Kusiida Matsuo's use of colanders growing pines. Theory is as the root tips grow into the air, they dry up die. This causes more root "branching" behind it. It's an old article but makes sense to me for a tree in development that's headed for a bonsai pot one day.

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Post  Guest on Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:20 am

I use plansticbaskets, when I repot seedlings or cuttings for the first time...the holes are VERY small, and as soon as a roottip reach the side of the basket, will it stop for a while, and not dry out, as I have pottet the basket in much bigger pot....this brake in the growing of the root, makes the tree push out more roots from the trunk, or from the stopped root, inside the basket....the root, that was stopped, will later grow out of the basket, and into the soil in the next pot...this teqnique is nice for the cuttings from my small japanese shohin, I used to call Ulmus nire....it works, the root become dense.
I have seen this teqnique in japanese books...I never saw it without the outer pot.

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Post  Ryan on Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:07 am

Here's my setup for this winter. A wooden frame:


Wrapped in plastic:



Functioning door:


And 16 T5 bulbs up top, making some happy plants inside:

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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:22 am

Hi Ryan

It is looking very impressing..hope your winterseason will be good....Please have in mind...as the trees grow, they become bigger, and need more space, and to begin to sell trees, when they become nicer, that need this care, in your area is impossible....
This you have to think about...how big trees, and how many can you actuly find the room for...Or du you have other solutions?

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Post  Ryan on Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:30 pm

Yvonne Graubaek wrote:Hi Ryan

It is looking very impressing..hope your winterseason will be good....Please have in mind...as the trees grow, they become bigger, and need more space, and to begin to sell trees, when they become nicer, that need this care, in your area is impossible....
This you have to think about...how big trees, and how many can you actuly find the room for...Or du you have other solutions?

Kind regards Yvonne
I wouldn't say it'd be impossible. I could easily ship the trees to anywhere else in the country. I can fit plenty of trees in here, as it's very tall and very long. No worries Smile 

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