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Mike Pollock

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A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« on: August 17, 2011, 04:34 PM »
Continuing the progression series we've got going, here's a Ficus clump I've been working since 2004.

Purchased from Allen Carver from Jupiter Bonsai, this was a pretty bare clump when I got it.

Early on I air layered off a crooked, un-matching front trunk (which left an odd numbered, 11 trunk group).  The bottom of that air-layered tree lives as a shohin in Sacramento, CA. The top is a make at my place.

The group eventually got a beautiful Walsall Studios pot. 

The last photo is from today after tidying up and thinning out. The photo looks a bit unkempt still, but it appears tidier in person.
 

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Re: A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2011, 04:35 PM »
Today's photo.
 

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2011, 05:25 PM »
Fantastic.

How do you overwinter it Mike?
 

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Re: A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2011, 05:34 PM »
Jerry,

My tropicals go into an indoor greenhouse I built out of two by fours covered in plastic with mylar sheeting hung on the inside. It is lit by a 1,000 watt metal halide plant bulb.  I also keep the overflow under 4 four-foot fluorescent tubes (make and cuttings).

The whole setup is next to my furnace, so I have to show every boiler maintenance guy that I'm growing bonsai and not pot.  ;)
 

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Re: A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2011, 05:41 PM »
And how long do you keep it on in the winter months?
 

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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 07:29 PM »
Generally eighteen hours per day, but I'm thinking of trying to emulate the seasons better this winter. Start it out at eighteen, let them burst out, then taper down to closer to our normal winter day length. After letting them rest a bit, I'll start ramping it back up in March.

Would love to hear if anyone else wintering indoors does this. Ficus aren't supposed to be photoperiod sensitive, but they still seem to  sulk mid-winter no matter how long the lights are on. 
 

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Re: A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2011, 08:05 PM »
Nice ficus clump Mike!  And I too love your new pot ;)

I have only a couple ficus bonsai, that I've been keeping in a window sill during the winter.  I added a fan this last winter and they were much happier.  Sounds like you're doing all you can.  Oh, can you add your location to your name info?  Nice to know where you are living.
 

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Re: A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2011, 08:32 PM »
Looking good, Mike!

I keep the lights on 18 hrs/day in winter, with no variation. My setup is such that it's easy to keep the humidity up (high enough to get aerial roots from several species without doing anything extra;) and I have a fan cannibalized from an old humidifier.

Not to brag, but I haven't noticed my Ficus lagging in midwinter, unless I forget to change out the bulbs on a timely basis.  :-[
 

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Re: A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2011, 12:08 PM »
You guys who overwinter trees have my complete admiration and envy. 1: That's a ton of work to do to keep out-of-range trees alive (and your ficuses look incredible, Mike!). 2: I don't think my wife would EVER let me spend that much on energy to keep some trees alive. Since I'm just now in my bonsai development trying to get trees into pots, now she's grumbling about how much a good pot will cost me :-)

Mike, when do your trees generally go indoors?
 

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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2011, 12:41 PM »
For established trees, I bring them in when temps start hitting the high forties.  Experiencing the shorter days and colder temps outside seems to fool 'em into thinking November is Spring. I can repot then and get a big spurt of growth.

 

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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2011, 02:05 PM »
Looking really good!

Do you bring the trees inside "for good" once you start getting those nights in the 40s, or do you move them in at night and then out during the day (as long as the days are nice and warm)?

Chris
 

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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2011, 12:55 PM »
Nah, I just bring 'em in when it hits the 40s. Too much work (especially this large, heavy, group).
 

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Re: A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2011, 08:47 PM »
Your tree looks fantastic....looking forward to seeing more pics of that beauty.
 

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Re: A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2011, 09:12 PM »
I did a similar thing with a metal shelving unit from Target, plastic sheeting that some of us in the north use to add extra insulation to our windows and fluorescent lights.  It sounds like I need to add a small fan.  I found plastic drip trays at a surplus store.  It probably cost me less than $75. 

This is only my second winter with my ficus.  They were outside all summer, and I moved them inside when the nights got into the upper 50's.  So far they are very happy and continuing their growth.  Way better than last winter on the window sill.  We just don't get enough sunshine here in Minnesota to keep them happy.

I haven't added a bottom warmer.  The temps are pretty consistent at 75.  Do you know how warm your greenhouse is? Do you have a heater?
 

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Re: A Ficus salicaria (nerifolia) clump progression
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2011, 10:59 PM »
I brought my tropicals into my basement for the winter, under florescant lights.    Can someone tell me why they use fans?  I live in Massachusetts.  Thanks