Some work on a Ficus natalensis

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Some work on a Ficus natalensis

Post  Hank Miller on Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:36 pm

One of the problems of having a lot of trees is that over the years some inevitably are neglected.  The Natal fig below was grown from a cutting and is probably 4-5 years old.


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About 2 years ago I decided improve the base of the tree by grafting some cuttings onto the trunk which did not have much, if any, taper.



Having improved the  taper at the base of the tree and the nebari  I forgot about it.  Today I decided to continue the work on the tree by cutting it back.




With a little bit of wire the tree was re-styled.



Hopefully in the next year the tree will fill out and after re-potting at the angle indicated it will be a very nice small bonsai.  Enjoy. Hank

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Re: Some work on a Ficus natalensis

Post  Precarious on Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:27 am

Strong work on the grafting Hank.  I'm guessing, maybe a half-dozen grafts?  What did you use for binding the cuttings to the trunk?  I'm in the middle of a project to fuse several trunks of ficus benjamina, and am grafting cuttings not to increase the base so much as to fill in larger gaps in the trunk.  Fun stuff!

In regard to the change of potting angle, it seems you would lose so much of the nebari. I would consider more manipulation of the upper portion and a more subtle potting angle change.


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Re: Some work on a Ficus natalensis

Post  Hank Miller on Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:50 am

I think I used 6-8 cuttings. To bind them together I use Chinese string because it is very inexpensive.  Raffia is fine - just more expensive.  With regard to the potting angle I will have to wait  and see when I re-pot.  Thanks for the comment.  Regards Hank

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Re: Some work on a Ficus natalensis

Post  Precarious on Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:26 pm

I look forward to seeing future pictures of it's progress. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Some work on a Ficus natalensis

Post  Hank Miller on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:37 pm

Spring has sort of arrived here and I have begun re-potting some of my trees. The ficus here has done well over the winter and has been been re-oriented in the pot . Enjoy Hank




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Re: Some work on a Ficus natalensis

Post  Gentleman Jack on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:42 pm

You have a nice shape going on there. Gonna be a beauty!

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