Some of my Ficus Microcarpa

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Some of my Ficus Microcarpa

Post  Cockroach on Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:24 am

Here are some of the Ficus I have picked up in the last 10 months. If you have any ideas for trees or comments please feel free to be as pleasant or critical as you wish, I rarely take offense to anything.F
Flat top ficus


Sleepy hollow ficus acquired in end of July


A developing shohin broom style


My 27 year old ficus- I have had it for three years. When I got it the branches were spindly twigs all over the tree.



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Re: Some of my Ficus Microcarpa

Post  EpicusMaximus on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:56 pm

nice trees.

I wish I lived in a warm place!

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Re: Some of my Ficus Microcarpa

Post  Cockroach on Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:37 am

I completely defoliate my ficus twice a year and semi defoliate certain ares to promote growth in others. The warm weather definitely helps. But for the last 3-4 weeks not a drop of rain and scorching heat has caused sun spots on many of the ficus leaves.

My real problem with the warm weather is the ants. Anyone know how to get rid of them. I lay poison traps after laying poison powder but they just never go away. My neighbors on all sides don't care too much for their gardens and as such I have extra work to keep there unwanteds from spilling over.

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Post  CraftyTanuki on Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:24 am

Even here in Australia im jealous of Taiwanese ficus trees, great work.

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Re: Some of my Ficus Microcarpa

Post  -keith- on Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:52 pm

nice bunch of trees, my only cretique would be on the first one. there is such a nice graceful curve to the trunk until the first upper branch then it just juts out strait. not sure if it can be corrected with any ease,but you asked Wink

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Re: Some of my Ficus Microcarpa

Post  bontailo on Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:45 am

Welcome the second Member from Taiwan.
Well, Which city you live? Seems from south ?
My home in Tienwei Chunghua.
Lo

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Re: Some of my Ficus Microcarpa

Post  Cockroach on Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:21 am

Hello Bontailo,

I have been reading on here for a few months and decided to join a little while ago. I am in Taichung City, near Dakeng.

Are there any places in Taichung/Chunghua that are good to learn about ficus bonsai or any bonsai? I would love to learn more from classes or people and where to find all I need in Taiwan. I am a foreigner and sometimes struggle to translate the things I am looking for.

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Re: Some of my Ficus Microcarpa

Post  bontailo on Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:48 am

Hi Cockroach,
We live very close, however you not native in Taiwan. Don't worry about that, All Taiwanese are very friendly for Foreigner.
In my bonsai school had some International students & Lots of international visitor every year.
Well, visit my Blog you will find some knowledge , probably you need.

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Re: Some of my Ficus Microcarpa

Post  Cockroach on Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:40 am

-keith- wrote:nice bunch of trees, my only cretique would be on the first one. there is such a nice graceful curve to the trunk until the first upper branch then it just juts out strait. not sure if it can be corrected with any ease,but you asked Wink

Hi Keith,

I see what you mean and fully agree. However, my problem lies in the fact that I am unsure of how to rectify it. If I try to weight the branch to pull the tip down, it will merely pull the straight part down and exaggerate the "kink" leading to the straight branch.
If I try cutting thin wedges in the bottom of the straight branch and allowing the branch to bend at those points I am scared the graceful curve will be lost to shorter angular straight pieces.

Any advice on how to rectify this issue. Also, I am contemplating removing the root growing as an elbow above the main root base. There is also a very straight root on the left I am thinking of getting rid of.Any thoughts and comments about these ideas.

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