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Grog

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Another retusa
« on: June 26, 2011, 01:04 PM »
This little guy was picked up at the same time as the tree in http://bonsaistudygroup.com/tropical-bonsai-discussion/retusa-()-ficus/ and seems to be coming along quite a bit better.  Here's a pic from last year, last month, and today.
 

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Re: Another retusa
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2011, 01:06 PM »
Here's the sacrifice branch, seems to be doing a good job thickening up the primary branch.   Then a shot from the right with a problematic area.  One of these branches probably needs to go, having a hard time figuring one.  Any thoughts on that or other comments welcome.
 

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Re: Another retusa
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2011, 09:28 PM »
Put it in a new little Chinese pot then started working on "de-pine'inizing" it.  The sacrifice on the first branch seemed to have accomplished it's goal and was removed.  Need to remove one of the bigger branches about 2/3rds of the way up but still haven't decided which.  The top left branch needs shortening but I want it to set first. 

Any comments or ideas welcome.

 

Hamish

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Re: Retusa
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011, 07:34 AM »
It's great to see the growth and decision-making process. Thanks for these photos.

I've just acquired my first Retusa and it's a bit leggy. Are they easy to back bud?


Thanks,
Jim
 

Grog

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Re: Another retusa
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2011, 04:40 PM »
They backbud very easily however with fall and winter knocking on the door I would wait to do any major cutting till you see how it adapts to your winter growing conditions.   You'd probably be safe cutting back if you need to, just make sure there's some leaves left on the branches.  Not usually a concern with them but considering the time of year it'd be safest.