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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:45 am

Hi IBC.
I finally decided to cut into two the huge ficus in my garden



The top...Do you think the top will survive without airlayer system? we'll see.



the base...now I got a tree with aprx-90cm height when finished. this is where I am more interested in.



the roots feeding at the natural ground...



wish me luck. hehehe.

regards,
jun Smile



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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:52 am

Hi Jun

I am sure, you will create a great tree out of the trunk Smile but good luck anyway.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:03 pm

Thanks Yvonne.
the other back is the more suitable front now. Got more character, but I can lift the tree or the pot to reposition it. I don't want to disturbed the roots beneath and on the side of the pot, this will double the growth rate of the tree...I'll probably lift the hut instead. hehehe.

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jun Smile Razz

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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:22 pm

Yes Jun

Better leave the tree as it is for now....I am sure you will post new photos when the tree has a full crown...Is this in tree months? ( read: location-envy) Smile

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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:46 pm

Are you kidding Yvonne? Three months, That's like waiting for a lifetime for a ficus here. Just kidding. I hope it will looks like a bonsai in six months time.

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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:29 pm

Hi Jun

This is really fast...take a look on my new topic "yoseki.....The small tree is many years old. And look how far it have come Laughing Laughing

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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:54 pm

Yvonne Graubaek wrote:Hi Jun

This is really fast...take a look on my new topic "yoseki.....The small tree is many years old. And look how far it have come Laughing Laughing

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I saw it Yvonne. years? That long...you have the patience alright. hehehe Laughing

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jun Smile

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Post  Guest on Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:58 pm

I dont find a "angel with a glory-smily" tongue Laughing Laughing

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Post  moyogijohn on Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:32 am

JUN,,,HAVE A QUESTION,,, Could you have not left the tapered trunk in the 2ond picture and removed the branches to grow more??? the stump looks fine to regrow but the already taper trunk looked really good.....just asking it will be good i am sure.. thanks take care john

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Post  Guest on Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:47 am

moyogijohn wrote:JUN,,,HAVE A QUESTION,,, Could you have not left the tapered trunk in the 2ond picture and removed the branches to grow more??? the stump looks fine to regrow but the already taper trunk looked really good.....just asking it will be good i am sure.. thanks take care john


I'm getting old now John...and I am reducing the volume of my collection... literally! that's why I am chopping big trees down. hehehe. Twisted Evil just kidding.
I don't like huge ficus, maybe for other species but not for ficus. I'll show you someday how better these trees will be than the previous one, or I'll provide some sketch later for you.

regards,
jun Smile



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Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:08 am

Jun,
I'm sure your cutting will root; especially in your climate. I have had 3 inch ficus cuttings root in Virginia, USA Summers - its magic! cheers
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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:15 am

Jun,
Nice work. Keep us posted.
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Post  Guest on Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:45 am

Todd Ellis wrote:Jun,
I'm sure your cutting will root; especially in your climate. I have had 3 inch ficus cuttings root in Virginia, USA Summers - its magic! cheers
Todd

Thanks Todd.

Chances are it will develop roots with very little problem at all, I made several ficus this way.

regards,
jun Smile


Jerry,
Thanks. Sure I'll keep updates.

regards,
jun Smile

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:32 am

The cutting/top leaf out first...



All the branches got leaves now. just two weeks.




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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:40 am

Nice work.
Please remind me of the species?
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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:55 am

Jerry Meislik wrote:Nice work.
Please remind me of the species?
Jerry

Thanks Jerry.

Oh I forgot. It's Ficus concina. red ficus and extra bonus.

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jun Smile

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:00 am

This is what it used to look like.


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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:09 am

Envy........................................... Smile

What happened to the other part of the tree?

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:53 am

Hi Yvonne. The other part is still alive cheers but still shy to give new shoots. but when the time comes it can overtake the development of the head part as it's roots are already planted in the ground.

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:04 am

cheers I am impressed.
Look forward to see the tree in the pot.

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:12 pm

Jun,
In your experience does concina work as nicely for bonsai as microcarpa?
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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:29 pm

Hi Jerry.

Microcarpa is far better than concina, the trunk develops better character, and texture as well. The leaves are thicker and got finer compared to concina. My red ficus are all from yamadoris never fully grown one from small cuttings yet, some are still pencil thins . My Microcarpas, imported or grown (locally) by me are all from small cuttings. Probably if the concina can be guided from the beginning it will make some difference.
The only bonus with Ficus concina is the red leaves that will pops up to more than three weeks from the moment it shoots( depending on the variety), Never seen one though grown in the colder climates, So I am not sure if the color of the leaves will react the same way.

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jun Smile

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:34 pm

Jun,
Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I have never worked with concina so I have interest in this species. I do grow Ficus ingens, and Ficus virens 'Thailand' that also have red leaves on the new growth. I enjoy seeing this bit of color in my collection.
Thanks again for your information.
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Post  Jesse McMahon on Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:00 pm

nice work, jun! thanks for sharing. amazing how ficus respond in the right conditions.

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:22 pm

Jesse McMahon wrote:nice work, jun! thanks for sharing. amazing how ficus respond in the right conditions.

Thanks! Just try not to move the base of the tree while it is still developing new roots, most of the soil medium we use in bonsai are coarse and this can easily rip off the tiny delicate new roots when it moves. even strong pressure of watering can have an effect in the movement of the soil/sand/turface/ barks which are all loose in the beginning and can hurt new roots.

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jun Smile

Jerry,
...anytime. Good luck with your ficus trees, saw most of them in photos and they are all amazing.

regards,
jun Smile

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