Ficus Retusa - Stimulating Growth and other questions!

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Ficus Retusa - Stimulating Growth and other questions!

Post  RDobbs on Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:22 am

Hey,

You may remember i posted a few months ago, eager to get a tree i could keep indoors as it was at University; Well now i have one, and have had it for a good month or so now, it's doing pretty well! it's a Ficus Retusa (Tropical Fig) age 10yrs approx.

When i bought it, it had mold on the top soil, which i read was due to it being too wet, so i removed this, and began watering a little less than i suspect it had been done - I've done a little pruning to remove some branches i felt were not nessecary and kinda ruined the look of the tree!

I was just wondering if there was a way to stimulate growth on one side of the tree, it seems the previous owner has grown it against a wall, because the 'rear' is lacking greenery, in comparison to the opposite side.

I believe it also needs repotting, and was interested in when the best time to do this would be? I figure all year round, due to it being tropical. Jus' a guess!

Ohh, and another question, how do i encourage it to down-root, there is one major root that has shot down, but no others appear to be coming anytime soon, i read something about an aquarium?

Thanks for taking the time to read, let alone reply!

An excited beginner,

Ryan

P.s - Here are pic's, be nice it's my first! Razz - Big leaves i know, can't wait to get a blimmin' garden!

EDIT: Any other tips, please let me know - Keen to learn!




Shows rearside of tree, with less foliage than the other.






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Ficus retusa Questions

Post  bonsaisr on Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:33 am

The correct name is Ficus microcarpa, Chinese banyan.
The tree is suffering from lack of light. If you don't have a fluorescent light, put it in the sunniest window you can find. Point the part that lacks leaves toward the light. Repot it in April. Put it outdoors in the sun for the summer.
Join the nearest bonsai club and have them show you how to wire the branches down & thin them out a bit. Google on pictures of Taiwanese Ficus bonsai & study them until your eyes cross.
Iris

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Re: Ficus Retusa - Stimulating Growth and other questions!

Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:37 pm

Congratulations on your first tree! Your Ficus is a good tree to start with. Do as Iris says. I place my Ficus on humidity trays; trays with gravel so when I water the tree, the water runs out of the drain holes and wets the gravel. This provides a little more humidity around the tree; which they love. At this time of year, my Ficus ware watered about 2-3 times per week; not daily, like during the active growth season. I try to spray my Ficus daily with a hand held water sprayer set on a fine spray - trunk, branches, leaves. Looking at yoru pictures, your tree might be a candidate for a semi cascade or cascade style. Good luck!
Best, Todd

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Re: Ficus Retusa - Stimulating Growth and other questions!

Post  RDobbs on Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:54 pm

Thanks for the tips, i will certainly do everything you've suggested! Certainly start spraying, and will get a humidity tray for it.

Thanks Iris & Todd

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Re: Ficus Retusa - Stimulating Growth and other questions!

Post  RDobbs on Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:22 pm

Just another quick question:

Is mold on the soil good or bad? i assume its due to it being too damp, should i water less or just carry on?

Ficus generally being tropical i assume heat and extreme humidity is fine, and therefore mold isn't classed as too bad?

Thanks

Ryan

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Re: Ficus Retusa - Stimulating Growth and other questions!

Post  Ryan on Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:26 pm

RDobbs wrote:Just another quick question:

Is mold on the soil good or bad? i assume its due to it being too damp, should i water less or just carry on?

Ficus generally being tropical i assume heat and extreme humidity is fine, and therefore mold isn't classed as too bad?

Thanks

Ryan


Hi Ryan Wink

Mold is not a good sign. It is usually a sign of the soil being too wet. Do not water on a schedule, only water when the soil is wet.

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Re: Ficus Retusa - Stimulating Growth and other questions!

Post  RDobbs on Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:32 pm

Hi Ryan Wink

Mold is not a good sign. It is usually a sign of the soil being too wet. Do not water on a schedule, only water when the soil is wet.

I presume you mean only water when the soil is dry? haha Smile

Thanks for that! Smile

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Re: Ficus Retusa - Stimulating Growth and other questions!

Post  Ryan on Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:41 pm

RDobbs wrote:
Hi Ryan Wink

Mold is not a good sign. It is usually a sign of the soil being too wet. Do not water on a schedule, only water when the soil is wet.

I presume you mean only water when the soil is dry? haha Smile

Thanks for that! Smile

Shoot, yes that is what I mean, thank you Laughing . It's been one of those days....

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