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Ficus Ben.

Post  moyogijohn on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:42 pm

This is a stump, 3yrs in the making.

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Post  moyogijohn on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:48 pm

This is the tree i was asked to post....It was 4 ft. chopped to 1 ft..with no branches left on..i was just trying something because it was really cheap and i liked the roots...don,t ask me why!!!!!! take care john

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Post  Ryan on Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:01 pm

Wow John, thanks for posting!

What kind of conditions did you grow this tree in to allow it to backbud so well?

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Post  moyogijohn on Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:10 am

RYAN,,When i first potted the stump i put it ina large mica pot..it was spring so it went on my benches full sun for 6 hrs.a day.. i watered when the pot was half dry..it budded out and started the branches growing un chected the first year..then i cut back all but the apex... in side in winter..thats all i got lucky i guess...try one and see what happens..take care john

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:36 am

John,

I saw it, I liked it, and so what are your plans for it ?
Thanks for posting.

I have one re-inspired by Yvonne, which I cut back and is just re-budding, and the back is to become the front.
Later.
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Post  moyogijohn on Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:51 am

Khaimraj,,,To tell the truth i don,t know..i would like the branches to thicken but here the growing season is not as good as yours..give me a suggestion we will see ..thank you take care john

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:06 am

John,

with Ficus b., you have two choices, [1]root emphasis or [2]branches / leaves dominant / heavy canopy. Personally, I like Ficus b. for branches and foliage. Something about the weeping attitude and the gloss of the leaves, but then it's a 2 or 3 foot [ 61 - 91 cm ] specimen, very heavy specimen.

Perhaps with your cooler climate, a 18 inch [ 46 cm] tree would grow slowly enough to allow the branchlets to stay somewhat thinner, and give a better illusion of a great old tree.
Let's see what you come up with.
Khaimraj

* I tried to dream up a 12 inch [ 31 cm ] all canopy, heavy trunk, mild root base, but it got out of hand and I am re-doing - chuckle.
Had to chop back to bare wood on the entire monster. Now re-sprouting where it feels like, no control have I. Laughing

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Post  moyogijohn on Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:37 pm

Khaimraj I have been gone for 4 days not seeing the forum how is your tree doing now???did you think i should cut back the branches???the tree is now 19 in from soil to top...any one else have a opion???? the tree is pretty strong now also....thanks very much take care john

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:11 pm

John,

have you spoken to Jerry Meislik ?
Or Yvonne ?

I am afraid I am biased with Ficus b. and prefer a simple trunk, say 6 surface roots and a beautiful canopy to show off those glossy green leaves with glimpses of branches / branchlets.

What is your preference ?
Khaimraj

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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:57 am


Dear Moyogijohn
So far so good, the tree is not bad at all.
The high roots will fuse with the trunk in time, and help creating the taper.
But maybe the tree should be placed lower in the pot, the horizontal root to the left could be a surfaceroot, halfbarried in the soil.
To create more taper, and to thicken the lower branches:
Let the lowest branch be the model...the second branch, must be shorter/weaker, than this one. The third branch must be shorter/weaker than the second, and so on.
In the top, you will hardly have any green left, after carrying out this cutting of the canopy, but dont worry, the top wants to grow, and taper will be created.
During this summer, can you feed a lot, but remember to hold the branches like this all the time...not pinch all the time, but let the tree grow, and harden off, before cutting back. Never let the top really take ower.
Ideal is..let the lowest branch grow freely all summer, if it does not branch out, the rest of the tree should not be allowed to branch out too. So, inbetween, the top must be cut back to the last bud, and started up all ower.
Ideal is..if the lowest 3 branches branch out with 3 new branches, the next 3 higher up, should be allowed to branch out only 2 times, and the rest only 1 times.
This is theory, and not at all easy to carry out.
If you can give the tree humid inviroment all the time, will the growth speed up. My tree ficus Natasha is growing nicely here in Denmark at the moment, not many leaves, but arealroots, wich is very entertaining.
If you become unsure during the summer, post pick again.
Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  moyogijohn on Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:39 pm

Thank you Yvonne,,, I will try to work on this tree soon and also see if it can be potted lower...thanks for your information...take care john

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:01 am

Hey John,

and idea for you. I just got back with 5 bales of commercial soil mix, called pro-mix. I know you shouldn't be lifting anything too heavy, so maybe this will also work for you. These bales of soil mix cost around $30.00 US. you probably get them for cheaper.

Anyhow, I have some seedlings to grow for trunks and I am taking the lazy man way out. Simply cutting one side of the plastic bag for drainage and the other side with holes for planting.
In our climate the plastic takes about 3 years to degrade.

So you can buy a bale, in late spring, just plant the ficus into it and leave alone until the first frost.
I figure you should get a great deal of growing done.
Hope this helps.
Khaimraj

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:58 am

Pro Mix is $13 in Florida

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