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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Suky on March 05, 2016, 12:29 PM

Title: Scissor Trimming Fica
Post by: Suky on March 05, 2016, 12:29 PM
I am a new Bonsai handler - I have been doing some light trimming of new growth on my Fica tree - and note that the white sap runs.  I know that if I were cutting a limb, I would seal the wound.  My question is - do I seal every place that I trim, on these new growth cuts?    Thank you for your suggestions.  I really want to take good care of my tree.
Title: Re: Scissor Trimming Fica
Post by: Bestbonsai on March 05, 2016, 02:36 PM
What zone are you in?  Oh the white sap is normal just try not to touch the sap as it will cause irritation and always wash hands after working with.

Here is a link for a care guide on ficus.
http://www.best-bonsai.com/bonsai-knowledge-base/bonsai-care-guides/tiger-bark-ficus-bonsai-care/ (http://www.best-bonsai.com/bonsai-knowledge-base/bonsai-care-guides/tiger-bark-ficus-bonsai-care/)

On Ficus they are very trainable and you can reduce the leaf size to 1/3 of there original size.  Here is a tutorial specifically on leaf reduction. 
http://www.best-bonsai.com/bonsai-knowledge-base/reducing-leaf-size/ (http://www.best-bonsai.com/bonsai-knowledge-base/reducing-leaf-size/)

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Title: Re: Scissor Trimming Fica
Post by: bwaynef on March 06, 2016, 06:11 PM
Ficus bleed when they're cut.  I've also read that its best to work on ficus when they're actively growing, so you might be a touch early with your trimming.
Title: Re: Scissor Trimming Fica
Post by: MinnesotaKirk on March 06, 2016, 09:55 PM
Ficus sap makes my eyes swell horribly. I wish I could work with them but alas it is not for me.


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