Ficus microcarpa 'Green Island'

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Ficus microcarpa 'Green Island'

Post  Ryan on Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:31 am

Hey everyone,


I was curious as to if anyone has experience with Ficus m. 'Green Island'. I can't find much information on the web about how well they backbud. I did find, however, that they are slow growing, but I also found on another site that they are fast growing. Would it be safe to cut a Green Island back to no green growth, or must green growth be left on a branch? Thanks for any responses!

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Re: Ficus microcarpa 'Green Island'

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:49 am

Location, location, location.

Here in Florida, Green Island is as reliable as Willow Leaf, but I don't know about Virginia.

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Post  Russell Coker on Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:01 pm

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:Location, location, location.

Here in Florida, Green Island is as reliable as Willow Leaf, but I don't know about Virginia.


And I sure wouldn't do it now unless you have a good greenhouse or grow light operation going. I'd wait until it was outside in hot weather going into the longest days of summer - just to be on the safe side.

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Post  Ryan on Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:24 pm

Thank you both. So if I was able to keep it in a humid, well lit area it would do well? I keep seeing conflicting information about them. Some sites say treat them like microcarpa, some say they're completely different. What I would like to know is whether or not you can take it back to a stump with no green, but then again, I guess that depends on where it's growing.

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Re: Ficus microcarpa 'Green Island'

Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:13 pm

Hi Ryan,
I wouldn't take it back to "no green". Grow it for a good year to see how vigorous it is growing. I have a large grafted one: green Isle grafted onto large under stock. It does well indoors during the cold wather near a bright window on a tray of gravel. I grow it outside under a covered deck which gets approx four hours of sunlight (through the tall trees in the yard). It grows well and only loses a few leaves when it comes back indoors. I have had this tree for about five years and defoliated it last year. This slowed down its growth. It you are trying to grow out your tree I wouldn't defoliate until you are ready to work on ramification. I live in the foothills/Piedmont near Charlottesville, VA
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Post  Ryan on Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:23 pm

Todd Ellis wrote:Hi Ryan,
I wouldn't take it back to "no green". Grow it for a good year to see how vigorous it is growing. I have a large grafted one: green Isle grafted onto large under stock. It does well indoors during the cold wather near a bright window on a tray of gravel. I grow it outside under a covered deck which gets approx four hours of sunlight (through the tall trees in the yard). It grows well and only loses a few leaves when it comes back indoors. I have had this tree for about five years and defoliated it last year. This slowed down its growth. It you are trying to grow out your tree I wouldn't defoliate until you are ready to work on ramification. I live in the foothills/Piedmont near Charlottesville, VA
Best,
Todd

Thanks Todd. I'm debating whether or not to buy a tree with a 3 inch trunk for $50. Problem is that the growth is more out toward the ends of the branches. I dunno whether or not to go for it due to trunk size.

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Re: Ficus microcarpa 'Green Island'

Post  bucknbonsai on Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:21 am

If it has long branches, then bend them back toward the trunk and approach graft them to get growth close to the trunk.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:58 am

bucknbonsai wrote:If it has long branches, then bend them back toward the trunk and approach graft them to get growth close to the trunk.

Again speaking from Florida, this seems like a lot of trouble for a tree that backbuds and grows so readily.

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:20 pm

It's impatience, Billy.

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Re: Ficus microcarpa 'Green Island'

Post  Ryan on Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:24 pm

Thanks everyone, I passed up on the tree.

JimLewis wrote:It's impatience, Billy.

Sure.

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Re: Ficus microcarpa 'Green Island'

Post  coh on Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:13 pm

Hmm, 3" trunk for $50 doesn't sound unreasonable, unless the trunk is badly shaped and/or lacks decent roots. Where can I find this specimen? Wink

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Post  Ryan on Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:59 pm

coh wrote:Hmm, 3" trunk for $50 doesn't sound unreasonable, unless the trunk is badly shaped and/or lacks decent roots. Where can I find this specimen? Wink

Nope, the trunk is fine. The branches are my only concern. I'm still thinking....

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Re: Ficus microcarpa 'Green Island'

Post  reg-i on Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:39 pm

they back bud fine if you have the right time of year and your conditions are allowing vigorous growth here is one I have witch is still in training and any suggestions are welcome next year I think I might shorten the canopy oh and there is another similar species that has rounder leaves not to be confused with ginseng ficus



After 2 months...........



Here's a pic of the other species I have a couple small rooted cuttings if anyone would like to try it out

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