Ficus Lifespan

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Ficus Lifespan

Post  Ryan on Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:02 am

Hey everyone,


I was curious, how long is the lifespan of a ficus, say a microcarpa? I've read various things online but I cannot find a straight answer. Does anyone have a guess to how long? I assume we don't yet know how long a Willow Leaf Ficus can live seeing as apparently they haven't been seen growing in the wild. Does the fact that the trees are confined to a small pot shorten their lifespan? Thanks for any comments!

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Re: Ficus Lifespan

Post  drgonzo on Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:15 am

You know I've always though that Life as a Bonsai is really not a bad life for a tree, yeah your shoes are a little tight and your kept from growing up but you fond over and loved to a degree your wild brothers could never imagine, I would think Bonsai culture would extend a trees life span. A lot of larger forest trees have a terminal life span only in that they get so huge they just fall over and rot. I know thats particularly the case with white Oaks, so in that case a bonsai oak might surely outlive his wild friends.

As for ficus, look at the species that DO grow wild down in central america , look at the monsters they become, maybe they do indeed live quite a while.

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