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Post  LanceMac10 on Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:39 pm

Making some gravy and I said to myself, "Let's cut something"....any suggestions? Cool






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Post  JimLewis on Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:27 pm

Well, if you weren't in New Hampshire, I'd suggest you defoliate it so we/you can actually see what kind of tangle the branches and trunks are in. As is, I can't suggest anything. But I have no idea how fast it would grow new leaves up where you are.

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Post  LanceMac10 on Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:40 pm

Hey Jimbo....oh yes, defoliating time is well past. Barely Cool . Not much of a summer here yet. Defoliated last year, as I am trying to work it back without pushing. I'm a gonna' clip me some branches though..... Twisted Evil

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Post  Precarious on Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:15 pm

Start with pruning that exposes more of that coolio gnarly tangled trunk!

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Post  LanceMac10 on Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:38 pm

Almost there...









The Image is a little jarring.....





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Post  Ryan on Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:43 am

It's almost like that jutting left branch needs removing, or some extreme shortening. It catches the eye so much and just sticks out there without much movement or taper.

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Post  LanceMac10 on Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:19 am

Shh...you'll wake him....I think I'll name him "B@&ner in sweatpants..... Shocked

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Post  LanceMac10 on Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:35 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ63tZO7_yM&feature=player_detailpage


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Post  Precarious on Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:03 am

Since you showed a video from 1982, I guess I can use some old slang- I dig those roots coming up and diving again. Fits with the whole jungle/rain forest look. I like it a lot. The branch on the left being so straight, that's a tough one. I wonder if a branch bender could be applied to bring the branch gradually to the ground, as if pulled there by its own weight...ok I'm reaching. I don't know, but I like the rest of it!

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Post  Tentakelaertje on Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:16 am

Nice tree Lance. Perhaps when you put the straight branch on the left a bit deeper it will look a bit better. Like a raft, but with exposed roots on the side on the right.
Disadvantage is that the roots underneath the branch won't be showing anymore..

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Post  beer city snake on Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:46 pm

branch benders will take care of that straight branch with a quickness...

use 2 at the same time spaced down the length of the branch...

no need for me to tell you where to bend it, but definitely branch benders

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Post  beer city snake on Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:47 pm

or throw it into cascade pot and make that branch run down the hill...

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:52 pm

Rather than keeping the below-the-branch foliage at the end of the straight branch, you might let some of the branches directly above it grow longer, then wire them lower to break the endless view of that straightness.

Since this is a fig, I'd worry that the bender(s) would simply break the branch.

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Post  LanceMac10 on Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:25 pm

Thanks for the comments, everyone. That branch is pretty thick. I don't imagine it would bend graciously!! It might have to come off as Ryan suggested. It's just a tree to have fun with and I'll keep messin' around with it. I've got another one kinda' the similar size I'll post if the weather breaks. Wait, here are some older ones, two years ago.


 
 





Ha, it's a bush...... pirat

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Post  Norma on Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:16 pm

Hi Lance, I would consider an airlayer of the long branch. The only question I have is, has anyone successfully airlayered a ficus? I've started
young ficus with cuttings which could be planted in front to disguise the long branch.

Both solutions would take time but as Jim said the option to bend the branch may break it!

It will be interesting to see how this lovely plant progresses....

Best regards,
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Post  Precarious on Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:32 pm

Ficus benjamina airlayers with ease. They graft and fuse easily also, and therein may be a good solution... Idea

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Post  Precarious on Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:48 pm

Yours appears to be f. Microcarpa maybe? Is it more brittle than benjamina?

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Post  Ryan on Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:18 pm

It's a cultivar of F. microcarpa, perhaps 'Green Mound'.

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Post  beer city snake on Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:08 pm

i have successfully bent thick ficus branches with branch benders.

the trick is: get the bender set and snug and then just a gradual turn of the screw every week or two until it is where you want it and then let it set for a while... you do however end up with small dents in the branch which you take into account when placing the bender...

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Post  LanceMac10 on Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:41 pm

Ha, this branch must have grown up watchin' Ron Jeremy movies. It's girth, I think, would preclude bending of any sort. Even if you could, it wouldn't be enough. Nope, I'm thinking something like an unconventional pot or raftin' it up. If you've seen Bill Valavanis' book of Fine Bonsai, there is a sick raft made from figs displayed. I believe I could pull off something similar. Bought both as a theme, to represent me, the old lady and junior, (hey, ya' gotta justify the purchase sometimes!!). The same with the second tree. It's perched up on a stone on one side and spreading over a rock on the other. And a little root connected section of foliage right in front of that.Did I mention these pots are like, 23 inches wide. A lot of tree here!! Oh, and there both Green Islands... drunken

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Post  Precarious on Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:25 pm

beer city snake wrote:
the trick is: get the bender set and snug and then just a gradual turn of the screw every week or two until it is where you want it and then let it set for a while... you do however end up with small dents in the branch which you take into account when placing the bender...

Hey I think my wife learned this in pre-marital education! Twisted Evil   (I could show you my dents!)

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Post  beer city snake on Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:24 pm

Precarious wrote:
beer city snake wrote:
the trick is: get the bender set and snug and then just a gradual turn of the screw every week or two until it is where you want it and then let it set for a while... you do however end up with small dents in the branch which you take into account when placing the bender...

Hey I think my wife learned this in pre-marital education! Twisted Evil   (I could show you my dents!)

LOL !!!

lance - 23 inch pot gives it some scale... so yeah, thats a thick 'un...

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