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Pruning tropicals

Post  Tentakelaertje on Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:57 am

Hey guys, pruned a Sundeville back very hard last week in order to create fatter roots (will post a thread in the far future, when the project has evolved) and noticed a very heavy milky bleeding. This species always bleed, but I thought it could be reduced. Now I've got more tropicals from the greenhouse I work and my boss couldn't answer this question really well, so, when is the optimal time in the year to prune/chop a tropical?

Thanks in advance,

Maarten

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Post  FrankP999 on Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:43 pm

Ficus will bleed the "milk" whenever you prune. I give them a spray of water which seems to stop the bleeding.

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Post  leatherback on Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:14 pm

I trim tropicals in the start of summer. I feel this gives them a few months to recover both from winterconditions (I find them to be a bit sulky by the onset of spring, More sun & heat in spring bring about a burst of energy) as well as before winter sets in (You know, get 50cm of growth on your ficus before it has to move indoors for the half year imprisonment indoors).

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Post  Tentakelaertje on Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:50 pm

FrankP999 wrote:Ficus will bleed the "milk" whenever you prune. I give them a spray of water which seems to stop the bleeding.

Thanks, this will come in very handy when i put the saw in my ginseng Smile

[quote="leatherback"]I trim tropicals in the start of summer. I feel this gives them a few months to recover both from winterconditions (I find them to be a bit sulky by the onset of spring, More sun & heat in spring bring about a burst of energy) as well as before winter sets in (You know, get 50cm of growth on your ficus before it has to move indoors for the half year imprisonment indoors).[./quote]

Thank you, Jelle! Guess it's a little late to prune/chop my tropicals now, but heck, when I bring in the minigreenhouse into the orangery and put the victims into it stuff will be okay, will it?

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:30 pm

It won't hurt the tree to "bleed." It's just kind of messy and sticky. Be sure to clean your saw with alcohol or the sap will discolor and roughen the blade so much you can't use it again.

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Post  Tentakelaertje on Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:12 am

Thanks, Jim! Will do that right away Smile

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