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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: andy graham on June 24, 2009, 08:59 AM

Title: F. nerifolia "clump"
Post by: andy graham on June 24, 2009, 08:59 AM
This is a rather large nerifolia that I have had for at least 20 years. Grown from a 5 gallon nursery plant after a freeze.The individual trunks have fused quite well at the base. This is a view of a slightly different "front" that I have had it planted at previously.

Approximately 33" tall and 40" wide.

Andy
Title: Re: F. nerifolia "clump"
Post by: andy graham on June 24, 2009, 09:57 AM
No doubt the nebari needs quite a bit of work Irene.

Andy
Title: Re: F. nerifolia "clump"
Post by: bonsaihunk on June 25, 2009, 10:11 AM
Andy,
congratulations on another very fine tree.
Jerry
Title: Re: F. nerifolia "clump"
Post by: bwaynef on June 25, 2009, 11:42 AM
Since there's not a lot actually being discussed about this tree, other than the root, .....

Andy, what made you leave the root on?  Are ficus picky about having roots (especially one that substantial) removed?  Would there be any impact on the tree's health?  On the portion of the tree those roots are sustaining?

I have to admit, as horrible as irene's virt is ( :) ), having that root gone does look like its an improvement to me.
Title: Re: F. nerifolia "clump"
Post by: andy graham on June 25, 2009, 12:41 PM
Wayne,

There should be no problem removing this root. Ficus(in particular nerifolias) are not overly sensitive to root work. I left it on out of personal preference and/or laziness. I will probably remove it at this years repotting.

LOL...you're correct...Irene..I didn't notice the "whiteout" artwork.I thought you had deleted a different root. The arial root will stay there because I like it there and expect it to fuse with the trunk over time,giving more width and taper.I may help it a long somewhat though.

Andy
Title: Re: F. nerifolia "clump"
Post by: Larry Gockley on June 25, 2009, 04:24 PM
Looking good Andy. I never realized that was made from trunks that fused together. Maybe I'll start one of these.  Let's see, how old will I be in 20 years.  LOL..    No, maybe not. Larry
Title: Re: F. nerifolia "clump"
Post by: Andrija Zokic on August 04, 2010, 10:44 AM
This tree now, defoliated, looks very, VERY good!
Title: Re: F. nerifolia "clump"
Post by: Dustin Mann on August 07, 2010, 08:34 AM
That was a great article in Gulf Stream Bonsai magazine on you and your trees. This willowleaf very nice. By the way, where do you buy shallow but large Glazed pots over 27" from? Also, was this tree and golden gate origionally from Vero Beach area?  Dustin Mann
Title: Re: F. nerifolia "clump"
Post by: andy graham on August 08, 2010, 07:29 AM
Thanks, Dustin.

Dick Miller with "GulfStream" seems to be a great guy and the journal is full of good information. I'm glad(and honored) to have been included.

I used to be a regular attendee at Brussel's rendezvous'. That is where I picked up my larger glazed pots. I imagine they're pretty slow movers and they didn't always have a great selection but I grabbed them when I could afford to.

The Golden Gate ficus that I own all came from 5 or 6 4" starters that I bought from Brussels years ago. And the willowleafs came from a local nursery that used to bring in plants from Florida.

andy