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Mike Pollock

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Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« on: August 17, 2011, 03:38 PM »
Looks like we've got a trend going. 

I just finished up trimming a large Ficus microcarpa I've been working since 2007. I found this crazy stump at the legendary Jim Smith's Dura Stone Nursery. 

The first styling yielded a stout, but flawed front with a pronounced pigeon breast. When I worked it a bit later, my friend John Cotoggio stopped me as the turntable swung around to the current front. It was a great call and a no-brainer for this tree.  If Rob Kempinski didn't have a tree called the Kraken already, that would be this tree's name in a flash...  The pot is a

Can't imagine what it would look like if I lived in Florida.  Here outside New York City it looks great from about now until it goes inside around Halloween. A short "sweet-spot" for the work involved.

 

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011, 09:41 AM »
Wow, that's turned out really nice.  I'm not a big tropicals fan, but that's a sweet tree.  Thanks for sharing.
 

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2011, 10:27 AM »
I really like the over all shape, I like the branch structure, and the fact that the branches show, and I even like the pot. And I am a fan of tropicals. Good job of trimming it. Larry
 

Mike Pollock

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2011, 12:43 PM »
Thanks guys. It really rewards defoliation and wiring regularly.  Winter leaves are at least four times larger than the ones it develops outdoors in the summer.

Now if we can just have a good Fall exhibition to show them off...
 

John Romano

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2011, 12:55 PM »
Same place you exhibited last Sept Mike and the Lenzmeister is the judge along with Candy Shirey and myself.  Should be fun.  We're also upgrading the exhibit area.  NEBG Sept 10.
john
 

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011, 02:02 PM »
Beautiful tree.  I'd love to "find" a ficus stump like that one of these days!

How tall is the tree?

Chris
 

Mike Pollock

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2011, 12:56 PM »
Haven't measured it in a bit, but around 13-14."

Just make a trip to Florida.  If you have relatives near West Palm Beach, you can hit Jim Smith's and Jupiter bonsai in part of one day.
 

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2011, 10:03 PM »
Great tree, Mike.  I actually grabbed that progression image of yours some time ago and used it as my desktop background for inspiration for a while.  I'm glad to see the latest update.  Really nice work.  I like the blue-ish pot much better than the previous brown ones.

Regarding Durastone, I was just there 2 weeks ago.  Jim was awesome, and there is plenty of material there for the taking.  Many choices of many species of ficus, some literally bursting out of their pots.  Plenty of other tropical stuff too - Bougainvillea, Portulacaria, BRT's, Schefflera, etc. - all priced so well that it makes me wonder why I've spent money elsewhere over the last few years. 

Here's a Ficus I picked up.
 

Mike Pollock

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2011, 10:42 AM »
Guess I better book a trip to "visit my mother." <wink wink, nudge nudge>
 

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2011, 12:05 AM »
I can see why you would name it "Kraken" if you could. Maybe you and Rob could negotiate shared rights to the name?  ;)
 

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2011, 09:10 PM »
Hey Mike,
If you're still looking for a good Fall exhibit to show off your sumo masterpiece - of just take in a nice show - take a little ride up I-87 to the Arts Center of Saratoga Springs. The MOHAWK HUDSON BONSAI SOCIETY will have their annual show there Sep 17-18th. You might want to contact them.
More info here http://mohawkhudsonbonsai.org/
 

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Re: Another Ficus microcarpa progression
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2011, 12:04 PM »
I saw the request for trees, but I'm helping out at the New York Botanical Garden that weekend. Wish I could spend a nice weekend talking about bonsai in Saratoga...

Thanks for the suggestion.