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My biggest Ficus

Post  Ryan on Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:16 pm

Hello everyone,

Just thought I'd share this hunk of a trunk Ficus microcarpa that I bought from a friend down in LA the other week. It has a two foot canopy, stands two feet tall, and has a base of 8 inches. Just wanted to start a thread to gather ideas/comments about it.







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Post  fiona on Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:20 pm

Any chance of a pic of the whole tree so people can get a clearer idea of its size, shape etc.?

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Re: My biggest Ficus

Post  Ryan on Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:42 pm

fiona wrote:Any chance of a pic of the whole tree so people can get a clearer idea of its size, shape etc.?

Oh duh, oops. Will get one after work Very Happy

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Post  Ryan on Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:59 pm

Here are some shots of it (with a busy background, sorry!):


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Post  Ryan on Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:44 pm

Here's a better shot of it in its entirety:

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Post  Ẩn khách on Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:45 pm

hi Ryan!
I submit to you an idea. Hope this outline is helpful for you. Wish you success.

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Post  Ryan on Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:51 pm

Ẩn khách wrote:hi Ryan!
I submit to you an idea. Hope this outline is helpful for you. Wish you success.

Thank you! That is exactly what I had in mind! Nice to see it in front of me.

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Post  Ryan on Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:14 pm

I just finished up this virt as well. Comments?

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Post  Ryan on Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:45 pm

As for the second virt, I wouldn't make the top as pointy, something more like this:



Any comments/thoughts?? This is gonna be a tough decision....

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Re: My biggest Ficus

Post  Ryan on Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:46 am

However, if I go the way I had originally thought of, going off of Ẩn kháchs virt, this is what the tree could look like in its defoliated state (virt I just made):




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Re: My biggest Ficus

Post  Ryan on Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:19 am

Another virt after removing that right branch, extending the left one, and rounding out the canopy:

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Post  Ẩn khách on Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:03 pm

Hi Ryan!

Your options are feasible. With Ficus I only have a little bit of experience. That is the cut to the direction, in the long run would be nicer is to use wire bending to create and maintain such form

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Post  Ryan on Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:22 am

Ẩn khách wrote:Hi Ryan!

Your options are feasible. With Ficus I only have a little bit of experience. That is the cut to the direction, in the long run would be nicer is to use wire bending to create and maintain such form

Thank you!


Here's another virt designed by a good friend. I like it, a lot Wink


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Re: My biggest Ficus

Post  Ryan on Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:41 am

Much fuller canopy on this guy now. I'll let it grow another few weeks before cutting it back to induce backbud.




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Post  CraftyTanuki on Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:33 am

This is a great piece of material, look forward to see what you make of it.

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Post  Ryan on Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:55 pm

It's just been pushing out new growth without me cutting it back at all:


I've been considering removing the crossing root shown in the below picture. It's removed in the virt as well:



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Post  Ryan on Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:31 pm

Root removed:





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Post  Ryan on Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:43 am

This one's been moved indoors as of last week and seems to be doing fine so far.



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Post  Ryan on Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:06 pm

Once I removed that root, I covered the cut in rooting hormone and placed wet sphagnum moss against it. I noticed new roots today:


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Re: My biggest Ficus

Post  Ryan on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:33 pm

Lots of roots have sprouted now:


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Post  coh on Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:37 pm

That's a lot of roots! Be careful, though, as they're probably very fragile at this point.

If nothing else, this tree is well on its way to being the most photographed bonsai ever. Smile Keep 'em coming as the tree develops!

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Re: My biggest Ficus

Post  Ryan on Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:09 am

The roots have hardened off since the last picture, but what I'm wondering is how exactly I'm supposed to separate the moss from the roots? I'm sure they're still rather fragile...


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Re: My biggest Ficus

Post  Ryan on Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:23 am

For anyone interested, this tree has bounced back after being moved into my better functioning greenhouse:


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Post  Ryan on Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:15 pm

Does anyone think it'd be a good idea to cover that "belly button" with some cut paste to prevent it from rotting? I was also told wood hardener works well. Water tends to pool in that spot. Thoughts?


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Re: My biggest Ficus

Post  Ryan on Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:38 pm

Found a pool of water sitting in that belly button tonight. Not sure how long it had been there, but it is making me want to cover it even more...


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