Author Topic: 3"D F. microcarpa trunck chop Q  (Read 1121 times)

al_hemmy

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3"D F. microcarpa trunck chop Q
« on: April 13, 2013, 01:19 PM »
I picked up a few of larger caliper Ficus microcarpa var nitidia last Sept '12. I repotted immediately to remove nursery soil, and clean-up/inspect roots.

The below pics show the "#2" tree, which is the least desirable of the lot and I still haven't figured out how to train it.

The main trunk is ~3"D and 18" tall. I've seen some upright forms, but I'm having trouble envisioning it for this tree.

The large root obviously needs to be divided, but the lower bar branches are hindering my vision. I've also got some aerial roots covered with moss starting below the two lower branches (not shown on older pic).

Right now I'm thinking remove the smaller left branch, remove a section of the main trunk and reducing the height by grafting the top to the lower portion (I've seen this done in some pictorials online) and then chopping the branches to get taper and back branching and developing a banyon or canopy style. If the graft doesn't take, then I could develop the larger right branch as new main trunk. Thoughts?

Any suggestions would be welcome!

Thanks

Al
Ventura Co., CA
 

al_hemmy

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Re: 3"D F. microcarpa trunck chop Q
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013, 01:21 PM »
I was also thinking of the tree on the right for inspiration, except my branches are a little high. But I thought if I could get some aerial roots down the trunk, it may work.

Thanks

Al