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Ficus trunk reduction graft

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al_hemmy:
I have a 3"D Ficus microcarpa rough nursery piece that is too tall. I was thinking of removing a section of the trunk to reduce the height, using Jose Rivera's (http://www.bonsaieneltropico.com/apps/blog/) 'male & female plug' technique.

On large ficus grafts, are aerial roots a must for the top part of the graft? Should the top back be cut back or allowed to grow free immediately after the join. Or is it a balance of top vegetation and some new growth, to accelerate the healing, but not tax the graft?

Also in the below pic, would leaving the large branches below a main trunk graft take too much energy away from the top graft or would they help pull energy towards the graft?

Thanks

Al

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