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Frank Serraiocco

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Ficus leaf size reduction
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:52 PM »
Hello,

I have a ficus buxifolia and the leaves tend to get quite large, does anyone have any techniques to reduce the size of the leaves on ficus bonsai?  Since this tree is indoors in the winter under a florescent light it tends to have waves of growth almost all year round.

Thanks for the help.

Frank
 

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010, 11:23 AM »
Frank,

In what part of the world are you located?  That might have some effect on the suggestions given.

I generally don't do much to tropicals overwintering indoors.  The environment, in my opinion, is too harsh, and it's enough just to keep them alive in my setup.  That may differ depending on your setup, dollars invested, etc.
 

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010, 03:37 PM »
Thanks for the quick response...I live in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.  My setup for the tree is basically just a double florescent light positioned about 3 inches about the top of the tree.  It grows quite well actually even throughout the winter.  This is the only "indoor" tree that I have, everything else that I have are pines (ranging from Japanese black pines to Eastern White Pines) as well as junipers, so I don't have much experience with broad leaf trees.

Thanks,

Frank
 

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2010, 07:25 PM »
Hi Frank,

Google - Defoliating Your Fig Tree by Jerry Meislik. That site will have just about anything you can think of about ficus bonsai! Do you have a picture of your tree? I love ficus but am not familiar with the species you have.
 

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2010, 11:27 PM »
Actually I do not have a picture of the tree yet, its still relatively early in its development but I know what I want it to look like.  Thanks for the info and I will look that up.

Frank
 

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2010, 11:37 PM »
Ok I just read the site that your recommended and it is quite useful.  Although since this is my only broad-leaf tree as well as my only tropical tree I was never sure if it was okay to fully defoliate it since the tree does not drop all of its leaves in the fall like a maple does.  Let me know if there is anything else I should be aware of or careful of before I defoliate.

Thanks again,

Frank
 

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2010, 09:35 AM »
Hi Frank. Buxifolia is a nice sturdy Ficus to use for indoors. It tolerates indoor growing very well. As you mentioned it does not have the tiniest of leaves but it is in no way the largest leafed Ficus either. It has the character of not developing dense branching or heavy trunks but remains light and airy.
Looks like you have read my materials on defoliation on my website so I will just add some specific comments. One, you mentioned above that your tree was not all that mature - " relatively early in its development". So maybe defoliation is really not where you want to head. Defoliation is used most often for a relatively mature design that requires smaller leaves as a finishing touch. Two, I have never defoliated one of this species so my comments must be taken with a grain of salt. All Ficus that I have done defoliation respond fairly well to it (that is they don't die) and most produce smaller leaves and back-budding to help produce increased leaf density. However, not all will do this and some may just sprout some new leaves and a few new branches.
Let me know if any questions and let me know how your Ficus responds should you defoliate it.
Warmest regards,
Jerry
PS posting a shot of it would be helpful too.
 

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2010, 09:40 AM »
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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2010, 01:26 PM »
Alright thanks for all the help.  I think I will actually try defoliating the tree, if nothing else it will give me a chance to see how the tree responds.  The tree grows quite vigorously whether indoors or out so I believe it is quite healthy.  I'll try to post a picture of it after I have defoliated it.

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2010, 02:20 PM »
Keep us posted on how it goes.
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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2010, 04:55 PM »
I took a few photos, sorry for the rather bad quality and poor placement of the tree...I don't exactly have the best choices for taking pictures of my trees.
 

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2010, 04:58 PM »
More pictures
 

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Re: Ficus leaf size reduction
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2010, 04:59 PM »
And one more picture of the shari....let me know what you guys think of the tree.  I think it has a lot of possibilities, and the pictures don't really do it justice, but I think in time it will look quite nice.
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