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Repot fused ficus

Post  Anne on Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:36 pm

Dear friends,

I repotted my ficus benjamina "natasja" after 7 years of fusing. It takes a lot of time, here in Belgium, to have the stems fused properly. There's still a hole in the front of it, big enough to house a hobbit! I'm happy with the pot, though.



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Post  JimLewis on Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:18 pm

Lucky Hobbit!

That's one of the most successful trunk fusings on a F. benjimina that I've seen. The trunk can only get better -- and don't worry about that hole. It fits.

(Note to Ryan: It takes TIME!)

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Post  Guest on Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:01 pm

Hi Anne

This can very vell be a nice future bonsai, and the pot is nice for now...the tree need all the soil it can gett.
How mant stems did you fuse?

Kind regards vonne

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Post  Ryan on Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:05 pm

JimLewis wrote:Lucky Hobbit!
(Note to Ryan: It takes TIME!)

That's one thing I am unsure of when it comes to fusing. I've read that people have been successful after leaving the trees tied for 2 years, and then this one for 7. I guess it's all in where, and how, they're growing.


Very nice tree!

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:32 pm

Anne,
nice job.
Jerry

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:32 pm

Ryan wrote:
JimLewis wrote:Lucky Hobbit!
(Note to Ryan: It takes TIME!)

That's one thing I am unsure of when it comes to fusing. I've read that people have been successful after leaving the trees tied for 2 years, and then this one for 7. I guess it's all in where, and how, they're growing.

Where, yes . . . AND on how tightly the trunks are clamped together. I use those little plastic thingies folks use to tie banners to wire fences. I have NO idea what they're called, but you can crank them SO tight the tree screams. I don't often do Ficus as you know, but I've done crabapples and Osage oranges and the graft takes fairly easily, but it takes more years for it to look right.

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Post  Nightshade76 on Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:19 am

Hi Anne,

That is fantastic! I think it looks terrific, hole included! Very Happy It gives me an idea for a few ficus cuttings that I have taken a while back! Lots of luck with it!

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Post  Anne on Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:28 pm

Thank you all for the nice comments. Keeps one going Very Happy

I had about 10 trunks bound together with raffia. I think two trunks died, but I didn't remove them, as they did fuse a bit and it would be difficult to take them out.

Annelies

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Post  Hank Miller on Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:51 pm

Nice job of fusing. I do quite a bit of it with other fig varieties and am somewhat surprised at how long the fusing took. Were they bound together tightly?
Rgards Hank

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Post  AK_Panama on Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:48 pm

Congrats with the fuse! What will you train the rest of the tree to become? Broom style?

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Post  Storm on Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:57 pm

Good job on the tree.
Jim do you mean what we in Norway call "strips"?

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