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dorothy schmitz

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Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« on: October 07, 2009, 09:12 PM »

During the last Boon Intensive in May Boon transplanted and worked on the roots of this Ficus Nerifolia. The photographs are self explanatory :
 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 09:19 PM »
More pics:

 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 09:26 PM »

 Continuing:
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2009, 09:33 PM »
The result:

 

bonsaihunk

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2009, 09:41 PM »
Dorothy,
Thanks for posting this nice example of how to handle a root system, including grafts!
Jerry "Bonsaihunk"
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2009, 11:27 AM »
That is such a great idea!
 

Leo de Leon

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2009, 08:35 PM »
Hi Dorothy,

Thanks for sharing this technique. May I know the soil mix you use?

Best regards,
Leo
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2009, 09:38 PM »
Hi Dorothy,

Thanks for sharing this technique. May I know the soil mix you use?

Best regards,
Leo

Leo,

with this tree I used Boon's mix: equal parts of pumice, akadama and lava rock, and 1/2 cups of horticultural charcoal and decomposed granite ( when mixing 5 gallons). Decomposed granite is made of very small pieces of granite.  It is a fairly fine mixture, as opposed to other materials.

-dorothy
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2009, 02:51 AM »
Dorothy

And how does it look now after a full summer's growth?
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2009, 09:35 PM »
Dorothy

And how does it look now after a full summer's growth?

Jerry,

I'll have to dig the roots free of soil to see. Will do that this weekend and post some pics.  Thanks.

-dorothy
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2009, 10:10 PM »
Thanks Dorothy.
Best regards,
Leo
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2009, 11:36 AM »

Finally got back to make some pics. Some grafts took, some did not. I assume they stayed too wet due to the prolonged stay of the sphagnum moss. I forgot to remove it in time.
However, the locations where the grafts did not take, the tree still sent out new roots around the perimeter of the drill holes. Next time I will definitly combine "drill grafts" and zickzack flaps to take advantage of how the tree reacts to applied "injury". ;)


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dorothy
 
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2009, 02:53 PM »
Dorothy,
Thanks for posting the update.
I have never done root grafts on salicaria but my success with branch grafts is not good. They are not the easiest to graft.
Jerry "Bonsaihunk"
 

Dustin Mann

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2009, 08:33 PM »
Dorothy: Thanks for update of result of Boon's grafts. I have never tried a root graph. The only grafts with figs that ever worked for me was approach graft from same branch backwards into a groove, then taped. I have airlayered the top of tree   off to get roots first. That's it.  Dustin Mann
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2009, 06:24 PM »
what a great picture sequence, thanks for sharing!