The Attack of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Twilight Zombie Silkworms

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The Attack of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Twilight Zombie Silkworms

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:05 am

A Chinese Bayan Ficus (Ficus microcarpa) minding its own business after a tough cold winter had put on some really good growth until ....




... the Teenage Mutant Ninja Twilight Zombie Silkworms made a surprise attack.


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Post  Todd Ellis on Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:17 am

DUDE... ThumbsUp NICE!!!!!!!!!
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Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:26 am

Todd Ellis wrote:DUDE... ThumbsUp NICE!!!!!!!!!
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Post  WOG on Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:24 pm

beautiful tree Very Happy

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Post  zooloo10 on Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:23 am

isn't that not a good thing? or did you just defoliate?
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Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:16 am

zooloo10 wrote:isn't that not a good thing? or did you just defoliate?
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I was having a bit of fun - I manually defoliated the tree. Took about an hour. It's a usual technique to develop ramification in ficus bonsai. It could use a bit of wire but frankly I will just use clip and grow on it for expediency purposes.

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Post  Andrei Darusenkov on Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:12 pm

Rob, thanks! Very impressive tree indeed! I love it! Makes me feel small! J

I note that the first right branch seems a bit too straight, compared to the first left one that is partly hidden behind its own secondary and tertiary growth. Perhaps it is because the photo is just two-dimensional and it looks different in life. Have you ever thought about “hiding” this branch similarly?

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:24 pm

Hi Andrei,

Hope all is well.
Branch selection is often a compromise. The main branches are so thick on this tree that they are what they are. This tree's theme is straight branches with pads emanating from the top of them.

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Post  Andrei Darusenkov on Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:39 am

Rob Kempinski wrote:Hi Andrei,

Hope all is well.
Branch selection is often a compromise. The main branches are so thick on this tree that they are what they are. This tree's theme is straight branches with pads emanating from the top of them.

Hi, Rob!

Thanks! I hope you are doing well also!

Couldn't say better about branch selection. Smile After all, this a great tree that makes a viewer to respond emotionally. At least as far as I'm concerned.

I have only one ficus that is nowhere near the state of perfection of yours!

Regards,

Andrei

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:22 pm

Someone was asking how to create aerial roots on a ficus. The best way to make them is to grow a Ficus tree in a tropical climate and to let it make a full canopy with lots of humidity.





Note how the aerial roots go wild on all branches.

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