My willow leaf ficus nerifolia / salicifolia / salicaria (etc)

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My willow leaf ficus nerifolia / salicifolia / salicaria (etc)

Post  KennedyMarx on Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:42 pm

Last October I bought this willow leaf ficus from Schley's Bonsai while vacation in Florida. Jason told me it was grown from a root cutting. I liked the flare at the base and thought it would make a nice informal upright shohin.


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Post  KennedyMarx on Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:43 pm

I kept it under lights all through the colder months. I eventually cut extraneous branches off and narrowed it down to what I feel are the primary branches before putting it outside in the late spring. After a few weeks I decided to wire the branches. I didn't get a lot of movement in, but it helped to place them where I wanted.



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Post  KennedyMarx on Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:46 pm

I noticed some of the wire starting to cut in so I unwired the tree. Unfortunately, it was recently knocked out of the pot (always wire your trees in I have learned since). Fortunately though, being knocked out allowed me to repot with a slight forward lean that I think really helped the image of the tree.

The plan now is to let the branches grow and thicken, then start cutting back to get some secondary branching. I already have some backbudding along the primary branches, so I think I should be able to show this tree sometime next year. I know it's probably not much to some of the more experienced people here, but I'm proud of it. It's probably the furthest developed of all my trees.


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My Willow Leaf

Post  bonsaisr on Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:46 pm

The name is Ficus salicaria 'Willow Leaf.' It is a named cultivar since all the willow leaf figs in the world are clones of a single specimen that turned up in Florida around 1955.
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