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Post  johndeller on Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:33 pm

Heres my windswept ficus that's been in trainig for a few years and is now begiing to take shape (apologies for the first two wonky pics).





first trim...





second trim... i hope i didnt go too far





next is to get myself a decent pot. Thanks for looking.

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Re: windswept exposed root ficus

Post  Auballagh on Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:35 am

That is Ficus benjamina, 'too little'... correct?
A nice tree.
And, I can see how hard you've been working to make this into a wind-swept styled tree.....
But, to my eye this tree looks like it would make a really nice, exposed root, (upright) broom style bonsai.
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Just sayin'..... Cool

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Post  Xavier de Lapeyre on Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:54 pm

Its going in the right direction for a windswept.


I like this shot best as a possible front :



It would be interesting to see something other than upright ( formal/informal ) for a change.
And this material has potential to make it! Smile

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Post  johndeller on Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:12 pm

Thanks guys. Its started off as an upright, but on my regular walks around the South Wiltshire Downs i was very inspired by those dramatic windswept bushes. So in time thats what im hoping to recreate.

as for the type of Ficus... im not sure. for a long time it was a house plant that had fallen down the back of my mothers filing cabinet. she watered it by aiming water at it because she couldn't move the cabinet. amazingly it survived and grew into a cool shape.

At some point i might wrap the roots to try and encourage more root growth.

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Post  beer city snake on Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:53 pm

john... i dont want to sound like a dick but windswept is not a very convincing style for the way that one has grown (and i think for ficus in general)...

the configuration of the trunks/roots does not look like something that would happen in a wind driven environment...
(when thinking wind swept, think almost constant wind)

if its a wndswept you are looking for, perhaps you could pilfer one of, or part of, one of the bushes you mentioned in south witshire downs  Wink

if it were mine, i could see keeping the potting angle but then maybe allow it to grow UP and OUT...
almost as if something happened to it, to knock it over (like falling behind a cabinet  Laughing or getting trampled by a fast moving turtle at a young age) after which it just carried on as normal, growing UP and OUT...

just an opinion...

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:01 pm

I tend to agree.

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Post  johndeller on Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:42 pm

Hey Kevin, you know what... ive been struggling with this tree for quite a while now and in the back of my mind i've been thinking pretty much the same thing. But i can be quite stubborn at times and refused to give up despite it never looking quite right. Im about to replant it into a new pot and will stop being stubborn and consider your comments. Thanks.

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Post  beer city snake on Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:05 pm

no sweat... i think windswept is easy to try to do: i.e. lean the tree over and call it windswept

but it really is difficult to pull off convincingly... especially when you look at really good ones...

the best thing i read on creating windswept is:
every single bit must appear windswept, right out to the tips of every single branch

and there-in lies the difficulties...

i have some that fall well short of that goal Embarassed


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thanks for the advice

Post  johndeller on Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:22 pm

So listening to advice given. ive decided to move away from the windswept... which was never really working anyway... to a leaning style. Here are photos of the tree now and a Photoshop mock up. Im also trying out the tin foil and sphagnum moss wrap to try to encourage more exposed root growth.

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