Ficus benjamina 'Christine'

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Ficus benjamina 'Christine'

Post  Ryan on Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:46 am

Hi everyone,


This is the second tree I bought when I visited Meehans. I like the bottom part of the trunk, which is really why I bought it. The movement is nice, IMO. The top can, and will, be chopped down to one of the branches down lower. Does anyone have any experience with this variety? I have heard it grows faster than 'Kiki'. Anyway, I'll repot this tomorrow. Thoughts?





I'll probably chop down to this:

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Re: Ficus benjamina 'Christine'

Post  JimLewis on Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:40 pm

And what do YOU see in it, Ryan?

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Re: Ficus benjamina 'Christine'

Post  Ryan on Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:42 pm

JimLewis wrote:And what do YOU see in it, Ryan?

To be honest, I'm not 100% sure since I don't know how small the leaves get, but I'll chop it back, maybe even lower, and go from there.

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Re: Ficus benjamina 'Christine'

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:10 pm

Remember that F. ben. should have some green left when you prune or you might get a lot of die back.

Also you need to try for more foliage closer to the trunk.


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Re: Ficus benjamina 'Christine'

Post  Ryan on Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:14 pm

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:Remember that F. ben. should have some green left when you prune or you might get a lot of die back.

Also you need to try for more foliage closer to the trunk.


Thanks Billy, that's why I have decided that is where I want to chop, since it will leave plenty of branches down below.

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Post  Ryan on Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:23 pm

Chopped and repotted:


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F. benjamina 'Christine'

Post  bonsaisr on Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:33 pm

You need to cut that big branch on the right way back or it will overbalance the rest.
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Post  Ryan on Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:17 pm

bonsaisr wrote:You need to cut that big branch on the right way back or it will overbalance the rest.
Iris

Thanks Iris, I realized that. From the other side it is actually on the inside of a curve, so it has to go no matter what. I just wanted to let it recover a bit before I chopped that off.

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