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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:35 pm

I bought some promising F. burtt-davyi for our club to sell at our upcoming show, but I can't find an instruction sheet for this particular species. Can anyone point me to something that will help beginners?
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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:41 pm

Still looking, but here is a reference to aerial rooting that list this tree.
http://www.bonsaihunk.us/BanyansStranglerEpiphytes.html

Here is a page that includes information Fb-d. You have to scroll down some.
http://lennardsbonsaibeginnings.blogspot.com/

I like this site: http://www.mybonsaibuddy.com/Ficus_Care_sheet.html

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:45 pm

I will see Jim Smith this weekend and ask him for some specifics. I do know that they prefer a well drained soil and are less tolerant of overwatering than other Ficus. The ones I have, all pre (if ever) Bonsai also lean toward reverse taper.
IMO, this is one of those varieties that look like they would make good Bonsai, but I am not so sure of that

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Ficus burtt-davyi

Post  bonsaisr on Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:42 am

The information by Lennard is just what I need. How do I contact him to get permission?
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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:54 am

http://www.bonsaisite.com/forums/index.php?

I found a link to Lennard at the BonsaSite Forums. I had forgotten that I was actually a member. I have sent him a PM requesting an e-mail address for you. As soon as I get a response I will pass it on.

Actually, Lennard is a member here, although he hasn't been in since August 9th.

nite,

Jay

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Post  Jim Doiron on Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:24 pm

The one that I have had for 6 years now came with a reverse taper. I have found it to be really easy to care for and thrive even with the winters here in Louisville (zone 5). I just repotted mine but it has been in a quick draining soil and that is what it is in now. I repotted in the hopes that the trunk would develop some roots/arial roots and help with the reverse taper and sure enough with the shade from the dense foliage and a shade cloth it has put them out like crazy, even growing around the upper rim and out of the bottom of the pot into a rag that was sitting nearby. I don't have a lighting set up in my house for the over winter period but keep them in a moderately bright window, I lessen the water to about once every 6 days, it usually looses 95% of it's leaves, has a little die-back at the tips and looks ugly for a bit, but they come back and it has put off seeds every year so I like to think that means it's happy. In the winter, being indoors, it tends to get scale but have otherwise had no problems with other pests/diseases. Hope this helps a little.



You can see what this one looked like before the repotting here:

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/bonsai-questions-f7/your-ugly-tree-t2621.htm

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