Progression of a Ficus m.

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Progression of a Ficus m.

Post  Ryan on Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:00 pm

Hi all,




Bought this tree at the Potomac Bonsai Festival in D.C. way back in May of 2011. When first purchased it looked like this (bad, old pictures, sorry):



I then air layered the top off:


And did a little more work, that left me lost with this:



So I cut the branch on the right off, and was hoping for a bud there:


By turning the tree to the right and thread grafting a branch to the right side, I was able to find a new front, and here is the tree after a repot tonight:


It's got a ways to go still, but it's getting there. Slowly. Comments are welcome.

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Re: Progression of a Ficus m.

Post  Victorghirotto on Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:22 pm

nice work so far! Ficus are quick to grow and thicken.. good luck with it.

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Re: Progression of a Ficus m.

Post  Ryan on Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:03 am

Thank you Victor.


Here's an updated picture with some better lighting. It's still rather unattractive, but I'm letting the branches grow out and thicken before I cut them back.

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Re: Progression of a Ficus m.

Post  Guest on Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:07 pm

Nice job so far!

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Progression of a Ficus

Post  bonsaisr on Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:26 pm

That's a tiger bark, F. microcarpa 'Kinmen.' I find they are very slow in the North, even in the summer outdoors. But if you keep pinching the branches & twigs back, the leaves reduce quite well.
I think that big root in front is out of proportion. I would cut it back & try splitting.
Iris


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Re: Progression of a Ficus m.

Post  Ryan on Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:34 am

bonsaitrimmer wrote:Nice job so far!

Thanks!


bonsaisr wrote:That's a tiger bark, F. microcarpa 'Kinmen.' I find they are very slow in the North, even in the summer outdoors. But if you keep pinching the branches & twigs back, the leaves reduce quite well.
I think that big root in front is out of proportion. I would cut it back & try splitting.
Iris


Thanks Iris. I never really noticed that it was a Tigerbark, since the bark wasn't as smooth as the others that I'm used to, it's much rougher. My other Tigerbarks grow like weeds, probably moreso than my Willow Leaf. I'm just waiting for the branches to get some thickness before pinching back.

I do agree about the big root and will address that come spring or so.

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Re: Progression of a Ficus m.

Post  KennedyMarx on Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:56 pm

How is this one coming along?

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Re: Progression of a Ficus m.

Post  Ryan on Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:42 am

This one's getting there. I've been working on getting foliage closer to the trunk, but it hasn't been too reliable with the backbudding...

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Re: Progression of a Ficus m.

Post  Ryan on Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:57 am

Today I finally removed that large root and the one on the side. I think it gives the base a wider appearance:



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