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Large fused Ficus Natalensis

Post  Hank Miller on Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:54 pm

About 3 years ago I decided to make a number of larger fused trunk Natal figs with trunk calipers of 8-10" and good taper.  Below is a sequence of images over the last 3 years of one of these trees.  Initially  a large number of rooted  Ficus Natalensis  cuttings  were bound together.





After a year of unrestricted growth the tree the fusion was  not complete but far enough along to allow for the initial cut back.  The tree was again partially re-bound.



Last year the fused fig was transplanted in a shallower pot and thinned and allowed to fill our again again and partially wired.



In the spring this year the tree was again re-potted and allowed to grow throughout the summer.  Recently it was again cut back and re-wired.



In the next  growing season  the refinement will continue .  Enjoy. Hank


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Re: Large fused Ficus Natalensis

Post  DougB on Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:18 pm

Nice sequence. Thanks.

How tightly did you bind them and what did you use?

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Fused Ficus.

Post  lennard on Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:19 pm

Very inspirational progression pics!

Your fusing is a great success and you have saved many years! Even here in South Africa I don't get so much twiggy growth on my Ficus natalensis in such a short period.

Thanks for posting - I am surely going to give it a try.

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Post  MrFancyPlants on Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:58 pm

Nice work! And thanks for sharing the process.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:56 pm

I repeat the words of Mr.Fancy Plants.
Thank you very much.
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Post  rudiment on Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:43 am

Sir, please show the early pics of back of the bonsai and pls show the arrangement of the small cuttings before binding them together with the plastic tape. i am new and learning . The pics are very helpfull and i thank you for that. The tree is excellent.On the way to a master piece.

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Post  efishn on Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:27 pm

Very good job Hank !
I loved to see your progression sequence. thank u for sharing.

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Re: Large fused Ficus Natalensis

Post  Ryan on Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:49 pm

How large of a number of cuttings are we talking here?

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:16 am

Hank,
Love your work. Very nice technique.
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Re: Large fused Ficus Natalensis

Post  Hank Miller on Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:16 pm

Many thanks for the comments.  Somewhere around 75 cuttings were tightly bound together to create this ficus bonsai. I don't know the exact  number as I seldom keep track. A more detailed description  of the fusion technique is given in the following article: Bonsai: J. Amer. Bonsai Soc.  vol 47 num 3, 2013 pa 6-16.
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Re: Large fused Ficus Natalensis

Post  yogesh on Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:48 pm

i m so happy... so happy.... i am inspired and will share the material ... i have bonsai material with truck of only and only 1 inch.. but now i am inspired by your work..

MASTER bless me and my tree with your wisdom....
Smile
thanks for sharing .. i will post pics of my material soon..

Love your work

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Post  Primelaw on Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:36 pm

Inspiring work.

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Post  Hank Miller on Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:53 pm

With the good rains this summer (year 4) my large ficus has quickly developed a nice crown.  I have to leaf prune the tree every few weeks.  In the next week or so I will re-pot in a slightly smaller pot.
Enjoy Hank






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Large fused Ficus natalensis

Post  Lazaro Quintino on Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:15 pm

Very impressive for a fused ficus. I have tried fusing ficus in the past and I guess I have just not been patient enough and have removed the binding before the individual ficus have fused into one. How much time should you keep the trees binded together in order for them to fuse? Nice work!!

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Post  Dreamcast on Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:01 am

Wow! said it before and i say it again, gotta love Ficus. Smile

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:56 am

Hank.
Looking awesome.
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Post  Tom Simonyi on Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:19 pm

I love this one, Hank....thanks so much for sharing. Great work.

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Fused Ficus done well.

Post  lennard on Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:42 pm

Love the tree, Hank!

Well done.

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Post  Neli on Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:06 pm

Thanks! I did some microcarpa as a test last year, but is growing really slow...and is not as thick as yours...Yours is inspiring and I will probably try to fuse some nataliensis and add to my microcarpa.

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Re: Large fused Ficus Natalensis

Post  Hank Miller on Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:40 am

Worked a bit on another of my large fused trunk Natal figs.  It has been styled differently.  Enjoy Hank


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Post  efishn on Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:00 am

hi,

day pic's please .....?

 sunny 

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