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a few figs

Post  Hank Miller on Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:08 pm

Although there has been much snow and cold weather this winter and  more to come, it is always a pleasure for me to take some time to enjoy a few of my  tropical bonsai. Hopefully spring will arrive sometime this year.  Enjoy Hank




Two Ficus Burtt davyi shohin




 A fused trunk Ficus Natalensis which has been defoliated 6 months ago and regularly leaf pruned

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:04 pm

i especially like the lil guy in the lower right of top picture !
(nice stand too)

btw - in the lower one, you say "fused trunk"...
how do you mean ?
multiple trunks fused together over time ?

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Post  Precarious on Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:43 pm

On your Natalensis, the trunks look totally fused. How long did it take? I have two ongoing trunk fusion experiments and it is taking a long time to fill in some of the gaps. On that subject, can you air layer fused trunks and, if so, does the fusion need to be mature/complete before doing so?

Thanks for the pics. A little winter blues boost!

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:48 pm

Lovely work and display, Hank....thanks for posting.....a breath of fresh air in the midst of this winter.

Best regards,
Tom

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Post  Hank Miller on Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:00 pm

Thanks for the comments.   The fused trunked trees are made from rooted cuttings which are wrapped together for 6 months to a year.  The Ficus Natalensis is about 5 years in the making.  To get a smooth trunk I generally use larger cuttings in the middle  and thinner cuttings to fill in around the circumference of the the trunk.   It takes a bit longer to make a smooth trunked tree than one with a bit of texture.  If desired the gaps can be filled in anytime with additional cuttings. The trick is not to prune anything until the fusion has taken place.   I have never air layered any of my figs but I quite often root cuttings from fused sections of the trunk..
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Hank

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Post  Hank Miller on Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:40 pm

For the laast month or so I have been busy defoliating some of my figs.  I enjoy them in this state particularly when the have some ramification.





A larger fused trunked Ficus Natalensis after defoliation

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:32 pm

these are all dynamite examples of what can be done w/ fusion...

if you have more, please share !

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Post  Precarious on Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:37 am

Im nervous about defoliating my ficuses in Summer, let alone Winter- the common understanding I've been exposed to is to do it in the heart of the growing season. Obviously you are successful, so I learned something new today.

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Post  Hank Miller on Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:52 am

Please bear in mind that Natal figs are very hardy and that I have my tropicals in a heated greenhouse.  With my other varieties I do not defoliate until early in the growing season.  I think that not only is the temperature important but the amount light the tree receives after defoliation.  Unfortunately I do not have a proper lighting system in my greenhouse.

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Post  Walter Pall on Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:59 am

Absolutely great development of the trees and the artist since I last saw them in South Africa. Congratulations

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Post  Hank Miller on Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:24 pm

Walter  Thanks for your kind words. 

Kevn  I have selected a few on my smaller fused trunked Natal Figs at different stages of development. I have indicated the length of time since the cuttings were fused together. Unfortunately I do not keep good records so the times are from memory.  All the trees have been defoliated this year. The wiring has not been completed on all of the trees. Hopefully  it will give you some  idea of what is possible.

By the way almost all of my figs have fused trunks.  When I have some time will post images of the larger ones



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a little less  than a year (shohin)



2-3 years



around 5 years



around 6 years

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Post  DougB on Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:32 pm

Thanks for sharing Hank. I do have a question. When you fuse the trunks, do you just bind them together or do you remove the outer surface as if doing a graft? Thanks again for sharing.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:48 pm

thanks hank... i will be exploring this further with some ficus cuttings, which if one has ficus trees, there is no shortage of !

and thanks doug for asking the question that i too have often wondered about...

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Post  Hank Miller on Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:44 pm

When I fuse figs I do not remove any bark. Natal figs are strangler figs and with time will grow onto anything.   For this reason they fuse easily.  
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