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ken duncan

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4 in 1 Ficus
« on: July 09, 2009, 08:25 AM »
A plant friend, who is no longer with us, once told me that plant propagation was her first love.
I feel this way also, it is like creating something from nothing. Even with all of the plants that need care around our place, and God knows I don't need any more to care for, I will still take cuttings. It seems a waste to just throw all of those Bonsai clippings away.

The other day I worked on a narrow leaf ficus that I grew from a cutting and this was the results.
The first pic shows a cutting that was taken about 3 or 4 years ago.
the second was after removing some foliage.
The third shows removing a large branch, this could have been made into a taller Bonsai but I did not see a good tree in it.
The fourth shows the branch that was removed.  
Ken
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ken duncan

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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2009, 08:33 AM »
The next pic shows cutting the branch into 3 pieces. The whole branch could have been rootted but there again I did not see a very good tree, so cut some more.
In the next pic I am beveling the edge of the base to expose more tissue for water to be absorbed.
The last 2 pics show using pure Perlite to root the cuttings in, Prelite helps to keep the cutting damp and from rotting so much.
I keep them in a spot outside that gets morning sun and is protected from the wind. They are watered every day with the Bonsai.  
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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2009, 09:10 AM »
Ken,
Nice sequence.
Jerry
 

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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2009, 09:11 AM »
Thank You Jerry.
Ken
 

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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2009, 09:26 AM »
The little tree that was left was not great, but left to grow on its own for a few years may make a good Shohin someday. As new branches grow the whole look can change, maybe a new top or a new front that is better. Time in a pot is so important to good Bonsai and sometimes when a tree is left alone for a while, really good things can happen.
When I first started doing Bonsai I think that I messed with my trees to much, maybe that is why I have so many now, always something to work on. 
I think that it is important to let some material grow on its own for some years and see what develops. Just water, feed and maybe prune around the edges from time to time. Then go in and prune out a Bonsai.
Ken
 

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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2009, 02:14 PM »
Thanks Irene.
Ken
 

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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2009, 08:18 PM »
Hi Ken:
I, also, love to create little trees just for the heck of it, but besides cuttings, my first tree, a Fukien Tea, usually throws so many seeds, that last August I had 15 seedlings growing.  This year about the same amount.  I still have about seven of last year's seedlings left.  Sold some of them.  Gave a couple away.... 

I do like your use of the collander for your cuttings.  It is amazing how well roots develop in the collanders.

Warmest regards,
Carl
 

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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2009, 11:55 AM »
Carl, Thank You for your comments.
I know what You are saying about those  tea trees, it seems that every seed that stays on the soil surface sprouts.
Ken
 

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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2009, 09:49 AM »
Well it has been about 40 days or so ago that the work was done on this ficus and I thought that I would post an update.
Ficus grow so fast in the heat of Summer, I guess that is why I like them so much. I took the wire off, it was starting to cut in already, and pruned this tree yesterday. It will be left to grow to thicken up the branches till next summer at which time I may make some choices on the styling or I may do some virtuals to get an idea of what looks best to me, but with time all things change and there could be something better to work with if it is just left to grow untouched for a few years.     
The cuttings have started putting on roots so I have been feeding them with some liquid fertilizer and i will leave them in the perlite till next summer so that the roots will be big and strong enough to cut back before potting.
Here are a few views.
Ken
 

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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2009, 01:52 PM »
Ken,
looking great. Keep us posted.
Jerry "Bonsaihun"
 

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Re: 4 in 1 Ficus
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2009, 06:38 AM »
Thank You Jerry, I will update this tree from time to time.
Ken