The Kracken Update

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The Kracken Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:06 am

I did some maintenance work on my getting large Indian Laurel Ficus, Ficus Microcarpa kinmen, called "The Kracken."
Here it is showing bushy growth.



And here it is after some work and wire.




I put the full story on my blog (too much work to reproduce here.) Rolling Eyes

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Re: The Kracken Update

Post  Jerry Meislik on Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:21 pm

Rob,
Looked at the whole progression on your blog.
Wow! You have made huge and quick progress.
Keep us posted.
Jerry

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Re: The Kracken Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:47 pm

Thanks Jerry - Not so quick though as it has been 5 years. When its near finished and shown in the defoliated state it should resemble the Kracken getting ready to find dinner. Laughing

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Re: The Kracken Update

Post  Ka Pabling on Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:39 am

Is the trunk of this Microcarpa solid or conjoined.?

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Re: The Kracken Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:25 pm

padychitan wrote:Is the trunk of this Microcarpa solid or conjoined.?

Pabling

Hi Pabling,

I didn't start the cutting so I don't know for sure but I believe it was one cutting that made some aerial roots that fattened up. It was probably 5 or 6 years old by the time I got it.

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Post  Geof on Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:00 pm

Hi Rob,
Looking good! I saw your blog pictures too. Are you going to put a couple of eyes on it???? Shocked Just kidding! LOL!
Have you ever tried scoring the trunk of a Ficus with a knife to get more character? If any one has let me know. I have a small Microcarpa that needs some character to the base.
Geof

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Post  bonsaikc on Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:52 pm

Rob, really beautiful work. I like both the balance and the movement of this tree, and your extreme taper for the branches is something worth working toward. Thanks for posting it!

Chris Johnston

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Re: The Kracken Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:21 pm

Geof wrote:Hi Rob,
Looking good! I saw your blog pictures too. Are you going to put a couple of eyes on it???? Shocked Just kidding! LOL!
Have you ever tried scoring the trunk of a Ficus with a knife to get more character? If any one has let me know. I have a small Microcarpa that needs some character to the base.
Geof

Don't score the trunk. I tried that 15 years ago on a tree and it still hasn't recovered.
Try sphagnum moss around the area. The tree will throw roots and other nodules in the area that could add interest.

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Re: The Kracken Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:32 pm

bonsaikc wrote:Rob, really beautiful work. I like both the balance and the movement of this tree, and your extreme taper for the branches is something worth working toward. Thanks for posting it!

Chris Johnston

thanks Chris. Min Lo and the other Ficus trees in Taiwan inspired me to try this style.

BTW, taper is a key element in bonsai design that doesn't get the importance it deserves. Many new-bees try to rush things and the lack of taper really reveals their attempt.

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