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Post  Sakaki on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:54 pm

dorothy7774 wrote:Update from yesterday, after pruning:


Beautiful progression!
Thank you for sharing it with us.

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Post  Russell Coker on Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:50 pm



It's really coming along nicely, Dorothy. I appreciate you sharing your progress.

It reminds me of the big, fat, wonderful satsuki I saw in Japan. You're really going to have something special when you finish!

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Post  gope on Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:36 pm

This is gonna be (it is already) top class tree.
One of the reasons why I'd move to Florida is that figs grow there like weeds.
I love your work Dorothy!

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Post  Sam Ogranaja on Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:47 pm

Great Job Dorothy!!!! I'm coming to Ft Myers in late December, I hope I can see this guy in person. If the owner permits that is. Smile

Have a great week!!!
Sam

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Post  Bugeye on Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:29 pm

Outstanding work. Very Happy

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Post  AdamJonas on Thu May 23, 2013 9:34 pm

Update please Smile

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri May 24, 2013 5:37 pm

AdamJonas wrote:Update please Smile

Sure, Very Happy

Last month:







This morning:


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Dorothy

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Post  AdamJonas on Fri May 24, 2013 6:23 pm

Dorothy, it's a super progress! Smile I have a similar one (maybe a little bit different because of the tripple trunk Very Happy ), but at the beginning of the road. Unfortunately, in Poland ficuses grow very slowly due to climate Rolling Eyes
What kind of soil do you use?

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Post  cosmos on Mon May 27, 2013 5:06 pm

Hi Dorothy
Thanks for sharing this progression.

Cosmos

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:58 pm

Ficus Kinmen "journey" update  cheers  -Dorothy


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Post  hungbonsai on Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:05 pm

woww,impressive

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Post  dorothy7774 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:54 am

hungbonsai wrote:woww,impressive
Thanks! It took quite a while to add character and movement to the tree. It was achieved by growing aerial roots that fed sections of the tree (top first) and "pulling" the tree into different directions (movement).



Now is the time to finish up branchstructure and to start ramification. One brick at a time.


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Post  Jkd2572 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:03 am

Do you have the name of the book?

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Post  dorothy7774 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:06 am

Jkd2572 wrote:Do you have the name of the book?
One Brick At A Time. by Dorothy Schmitz Very Happy 

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Post  Jkd2572 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:11 am

Ha ha. I was talking about mr chengs book you referenced at the start of the thread.

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Post  dorothy7774 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:16 am

Jkd2572 wrote:Ha ha. I was talking about mr chengs book you referenced at the start of the thread.
I know. Here it is:

http://www.sidiao.com/index_e.htm

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Dorothy

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Post  Jkd2572 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:36 am

I have both of them. Great books. Mine even came with a cd with even more pics. I thought you were talking about a book about ficus.

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Post  CraftyTanuki on Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:11 am

wow Gnarly ficus!!! I love it.

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Post  my nellie on Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:30 am

dorothy7774 wrote:... ...It took quite a while to add character and movement to the tree... ...One brick at a time.
This is exactly what we beginners have to learn by heart!
Thank you Dorothy!

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Post  Guest on Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:17 am

Hi Dorothy

Are you planning to take out fat branches?...now they have given the movement you wanted?

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  dorothy7774 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:39 pm

Yvonne Graubaek wrote:Hi Dorothy

Are you planning to take out fat branches?...now they have given the movement you wanted?

Kind regards Yvonne
Yvonne, no, the fat branches in the top and middle portion of the tree are going to stay. The lower part of the tree is now going to grow and catch up quickly. Remember, that was the hard part, to grow the upper part into mass. Otherwise the top would never catch up. Ever seen those ficus which have a rather slim top trunk? With Kinmen that can become an issue. It is way easier (for me in my location) to start with a "cylinder" ficus than with a strong tapered one. It sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. Keep in mind the grow season we have here and the dominance of the branches in ficus.

Thanks for the question.

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Dorothy

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Post  Guest on Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:43 pm

Look forward to follow your Work Smile 

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  Clever on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:43 pm

Hi Dorothy,

Your tree is awesome. I'm a fellow Floridian trying to learn more about growing ficus. You mentioned a book of Mr. Chengs that anyone wanting to grow ficus should have. Is this the same book linked to on page 3 of this thread? Could you specify the title?

Thanks!

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Post  dorothy7774 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:10 pm

Clever wrote:Hi Dorothy,

Your tree is awesome. I'm a fellow Floridian trying to learn more about growing ficus. You mentioned a book of Mr. Chengs that anyone wanting to grow ficus should have. Is this the same book linked to on page 3 of this thread? Could you specify the title?

Thanks!
It's Volume 2.

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Dorothy

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Post  tmmason10 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:00 pm

dorothy7774 wrote:
Yvonne Graubaek wrote:Hi Dorothy

Are you planning to take out fat branches?...now they have given the movement you wanted?

Kind regards Yvonne
Yvonne, no, the fat branches in the top and middle portion of the tree are going to stay. The lower part of the tree is now going to grow and catch up quickly. Remember, that was the hard part, to grow the upper part into mass. Otherwise the top would never catch up. Ever seen those ficus which have a rather slim top trunk? With Kinmen that can become an issue. It is way easier (for me in my location) to start with a "cylinder" ficus than with a strong tapered one. It sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. Keep in mind the grow season we have here and the dominance of the branches in ficus.

Thanks for the question.

Best,
Dorothy
Dorothy, this was an intesrestig post. I have also has issues with thickening the apex on what I suspect is a kinmen tiger bark ficus. Granted, I live in the northeast so they don't grow as quickly.

Can you please tell me you schedule for increasing ramification of your ficus in general? My tigerbark is really struggling to ramify.

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