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Post  Jim Doiron on Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:16 pm

This is a ficus that I have had for a while. It was pencil thin when I bought here in Louisville and after a few years (8 I think) it is finally starting to look like something. It is currently 13" tall and the base of the trunk is 2" wide. I defoliated the top to let the first branch grow out a bit to widen the overall canopy a little. I'm trying to decide on a pot to transplant it into next spring. Suggestions welcome.

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Post  moyogijohn on Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:23 pm

I will be first..I think your tree is really nice,,good trunk and the branches are comming along well.. i like imho oval pots with ficus green or light blue.. good job a lot of paicence SP...Take care john

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Post  Jim Doiron on Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:16 pm

Thanks a lot for your reply and comments John. I agree a shallow oval would be good for this one, I will go on a hunt for one. I wired this one up but have not had a moment to get outside to photograph it. I'll get one today hopefully. Thanks again

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Post  Ed Trout on Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:57 pm

Hi Jim,

Good start on this ficus. If you want to lengthen that first branch, try finding the dominant leader and wire it horizontally, then turn the end up slightly. Reduce the foliage behind that leader, and usually that branch will grow much quicker. Keep an eye on the wire, take it off when it starts to cut in, and then rewire to the strongest leader that has developed. I'm in Zone 10 and this will happen in one season for me, but it may take a couple of seasons in your area. Good luck.

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Post  Jim Doiron on Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:17 am

Thanks for the reply/advice Ed, here is the tree wired and coming back from the defoliation. I am waiting to see if my wife will have access to a ceramic studio at her new job to make me a pot for this one.

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:18 am

Nice work, Jim.
Jerry

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Post  Jim Doiron on Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:01 am

Thanks Jerry.

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Post  briddell on Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:15 am

I love your tree! It is good to see your work. I want to get a Ficus some time soon. I think it would be a good change from Fukien Tea trees Smile

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Post  Hank Miller on Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:20 pm

Very nice. One small comment - have you thought about shortening the tree? I would consider removing everything above the second branch and re-growing a new crown to improve the taper and to make the tree more compact. Hank
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Post  Ryan on Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:33 pm

Hank Miller wrote:Very nice. One small comment - have you thought about shortening the tree? I would consider removing everything above the second branch and re-growing a new crown to improve the taper and to make the tree more compact. Hank
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I agree with Hank. It actually kind of appears to have reverse taper the higher up it goes, in that cluster of branches.

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Post  Jim Doiron on Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:18 pm

Thanks Hank and Ryan for the replies, sorry for the delay in responding for some reason they slipped past me and I have not been obsessively checking my posts as I usually do. I did think of cutting it back actually after I defoliated it but I wanted to wait until spring when I will hopefully be repotting and see with it in the new pot where best to cut and also because my winter set up is less than great and there is usually some minor die back. So I thought I would leave it as sacrificial top. Thanks again.

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Post  WOG on Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:47 pm

beautiful, I dream about this species of Ficus, rather unfortunately unavailable in Poland

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Post  Hank Miller on Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:55 pm

If you do decide to cut back your fig, it is a good idea to leave a stub when removing large sections of the trunk or a large branch. When the stub dies back (into the trunk) it can be removed and no unsightly bulge will occur (due to callousing) as is often the case when a flush or concave cut is made. Hank

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