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Mike Pollock

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Ficus microcarpa sumo
« on: September 15, 2010, 04:37 PM »
I saw John Kirby last weekend and he introduced me to this site. Looks like lots of good people and bonsai here. Thought I'd introduce myself with one of my trees. Up north (50 miles north of New York City), this is the time our tropicals look best. :)

This is a Ficus microcarpa I picked up at Jim Smith's back in March of 2007.  It's coming along pretty quickly. I just picked up a nice Japanese pot for it that I'll probably plant it in this winter.  Beyond that, the future holds root work and more work on the carving. The tree's dimensions are 12"H X 18"W X 17"D.


 

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Re: Ficus microcarpa sumo
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010, 06:26 PM »
Very nice tree, I am not too fond of ficus (at least not yet ;) ), but I would not mind having that tree sit on my bench. I really like the progression pic too, what a nice transformation.



Welcome to the forum; you will find good bonsai and more importantly good people here,

Andrew (Shim)
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Re: Ficus microcarpa sumo
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2010, 07:23 PM »
Mike,

Welcome to the forum. Love the sumo ficus. Shim and I have really enjoyed it since we joined and hope you have the same experience.

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Re: Ficus microcarpa sumo
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2010, 08:10 PM »
Wow, nicely done!  And, welcome.

You repot ficus in winter up there?  What's your greenhouse like? :)

And, what's the new pot look like?
 

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Re: Ficus microcarpa sumo
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2010, 09:04 PM »
I saw this tree on Saturday, very fine work and well on its way to be a spectacular tree. Even if it is a ficus (zone envy..).
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Re: Ficus microcarpa sumo
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2010, 02:02 AM »
hi mate :)

this is a corker tree, the trunk has so much character! I have actually used this tree as inspiration to grow a few figs like this :)

fantastic tree!
 

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Re: Ficus microcarpa sumo
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2010, 08:40 AM »
Hi Mike. Very nice work/development on this tree in a very short amount of time(3yrs) I too, have bought several fig from Jim Smith, starting 15yrs ago(some on Bonsai Vault,with Meislik posts) My thought was to really let those branches grow out several times per year, then chase back so they really thicken. Otherwise, if just constantly ramify, then branches won't look aged. Great trunk...ever thought of making 'hole'(for aging) where large branch scar?  :) :) :) :) Dustin Mann
 

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Re: Ficus microcarpa sumo
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2010, 09:48 AM »
I saw John Kirby last weekend and he introduced me to this site. Looks like lots of good people and bonsai here. Thought I'd introduce myself with one of my trees. Up north (50 miles north of New York City), this is the time our tropicals look best. :)

This is a Ficus microcarpa I picked up at Jim Smith's back in March of 2007.  It's coming along pretty quickly. I just picked up a nice Japanese pot for it that I'll probably plant it in this winter.  Beyond that, the future holds root work and more work on the carving. The tree's dimensions are 12"H X 18"W X 17"D.



Very nice tree, Mike.  I don't do tropicals, but if I did this is the sort of tree I'd want to have in my collection.  You've developed it very well.

Zach
 

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Re: Ficus microcarpa sumo
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2010, 11:38 AM »
John, my winter "greenhouse" is an 8' cube of two by fours covered in plastic. It sits next to my furnace in the basement with a 1,000 watt metal halide plant light above it. Have to show all the furnace maintenance guys that its bonsai and not marijuana I'm growing in there.  :)
 

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Re: Ficus microcarpa sumo
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2010, 11:26 AM »
John, my winter "greenhouse" is an 8' cube of two by fours covered in plastic. It sits next to my furnace in the basement with a 1,000 watt metal halide plant light above it. Have to show all the furnace maintenance guys that its bonsai and not marijuana I'm growing in there.  :)


I've often had to explain as well, with grow lights on 18 hrs a day during winter in a front/spare bedroom.  But I sold my last tropical last night, so the electricity bill should be much lower this coming winter.  :)

I stumbled across your Flickr page looking for Rocky Mtn Juniper photos this morning.  Some amazing trees.  I do hope you'll share more with us here.  And, perhaps a Tree of the Month entry?