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SpongeMann

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Beginnings to a Root over rock Ficus Aurea Strangler
« on: January 18, 2015, 12:01 AM »
I found a cool rock at work so I carved it to guide main roots. I am making this in memory of my Dad that just passed.
 

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Re: Beginnings to a Root over rock Ficus Aurea Strangler
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2015, 12:07 AM »
I plan on growing it out. And thread grafting it. Any suggestions  on a ficus with smaller leaves and similar bark?
 

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Re: Beginnings to a Root over rock Ficus Aurea Strangler
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2015, 12:10 AM »
And foil and back in my small underground Wallapini  till spring.
 

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Re: Beginnings to a Root over rock Ficus Aurea Strangler
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2015, 10:50 AM »
Sorry to hear about your loss, I can't even imagine losing my father. I like what you've done so far, and I now have learned what wallapini is! I imagine the leaves will reduce a bit with ramification but I have not had a strangler fig before. I wouldn't worry about the grafting for a long time just let it grow as much as possible before cutting back.
 

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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2015, 03:14 PM »
Thank you tmmason10. It is a difficult time for our family. All we can do is make sure my kids know what there poppa accomplished. And how much he loved everyone. Wallapini s are awesome. People think its only use is as a coldframe or for overwintering.  I put my tropicals in during our lighr winter. And in the summer I put my winter hardy trees that dont like florida too much. Its pretty cool down there during  warm months. I porch screen over the glass in summer. The temp changes only a few degrees through the seasons. The leaves reduce alot. But I want to keep it kinda small. What kind of trees do you have  Mason?
 

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Re: Beginnings to a Root over rock Ficus Aurea Strangler
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2015, 04:19 PM »
I have a few ficus but I like working with maples. It's kind of a pain to take care of ficus up here so I am becoming a little detached  from them. Here is a picture of my green island as purchased in December of 2012, then a pic in September 2014 at our clubs show. Still working on building twigs.
 

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2015, 10:24 PM »
Nice. Is the second one from an airlayer? You should try a Wallapini. I live in northcentral Florida. It gets down to 20s 30s but my tropicals thrive in there.
 

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Re: Beginnings to a Root over rock Ficus Aurea Strangler
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2015, 07:38 AM »
Hi Sponge

Really sorry about your dad and I think it is awesome what you are doing.

I love working with ficus as they grow so nicely here in South Africa. Also I find that if you mess up with something, it is fairly easy to take it in a new direction.

I just wanted to know what you used to keep the roots in place in the areas that you grooved out?
 

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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2015, 09:16 AM »
Nice. Is the second one from an airlayer? You should try a Wallapini. I live in northcentral Florida. It gets down to 20s 30s but my tropicals thrive in there.

It's the same tree, before and after. It is most likely a cutting grown out in Florida.
 

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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2015, 05:55 PM »
Sorry guys ,I thought I posted my response but I didn't.
 

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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2015, 06:12 PM »
Yes your right mason.  Hi Dorianjf. Thank you. I mean that in the most sincere way.  I I love ficus too. I feel like I have a piece of my country at home. As for the soil in the crevices I just made a mix of muck. Some compost and a little clay. But I will water from the bottm if needed but it will stay pretty humid under the wrapping.I filled
 

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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2015, 06:17 PM »
Mason I want to go to Wigerts in Fort Myers FloIts 5 hours away. They have a huge selection of ficus
 

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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2015, 07:30 PM »
Mason I want to go to Wigerts in Fort Myers FloIts 5 hours away. They have a huge selection of ficus

Wigerts is great and has fair prices. They have some great "finished" trees on display as well. Well worthy the trip if you can swing it.
 

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Re: Beginnings to a Root over rock Ficus Aurea Strangler
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2015, 01:03 AM »
Thats very cool Sponge

I have done a few root over rock ficus and I have actually never tried that method and I think I will try it out next time.

Make sure you keep us posted on this and how it progresses
 

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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2015, 08:25 PM »
Its definately worth that trip. I have an uncle there in Fort Myers. He told me about a nursery that sells grafted fruit trees Avacado and ornamentals at very cheap prices. So I am definately taking my trailer.