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dorothy schmitz

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2013, 08:57 PM »
Ha! I just saw this thread. Time for an update:

 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2013, 07:36 AM »
Very nice, nice progression on brabnching. How many times can you defoliate each year?
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2013, 07:22 PM »
Has this tree been displayed and do you have any plans for that?  What plans do you have for its development?
 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2013, 09:53 PM »
Very nice, nice progression on brabnching. How many times can you defoliate each year?

Total defoliation up to 2 times ( if tree is healthy), partial outside/ perimeter defoliation about 3 to 4 times (if tree is healthy).

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dorothy schmitz

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2013, 10:02 PM »
Has this tree been displayed and do you have any plans for that?  What plans do you have for its development?

Hi, as a matter of fact I did display this tree (prematurely) years ago. It was my first (ficus) bonsai and I thought the heavier the better..Needless to say I got compliments on the oversized pot.

The plan is simple: Cut back to true structure (third generation) in spring, root graft (again) and repot. Salicaria are a bit finicky, even here in Florida.

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Dorothy
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2013, 08:51 AM »
Dorothy,

After pruning, do you wait to get rid of the many buds that pop up and down the branches or do you just rub off the ones that you don't want?

Andy
 

thuan L.

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2013, 03:52 PM »
Thank you for sharing! I have a question regarding the root grafts, where were the roots obtained? Did you root prune and use pruned off roots to reattach to ficus, how were the roots selected? I appreciate it!
 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2013, 10:04 PM »
Dorothy,

After pruning, do you wait to get rid of the many buds that pop up and down the branches or do you just rub off the ones that you don't want?

Andy

Sorry for the late reply, I did not see your post earlier, Andy. I leave the buds a bit and then cut them off so they will leave a little knot. This adds lots of character to the otherwise smooth bark.

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Dorothy
 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2013, 10:06 PM »
Thank you for sharing! I have a question regarding the root grafts, where were the roots obtained? Did you root prune and use pruned off roots to reattach to ficus, how were the roots selected? I appreciate it!

The roots were pruned from the same tree. Boon used the ones he planned to rootprune anyway.

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Dorothy
 

andy graham

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2013, 06:35 AM »
Thanks Dorothy.

I'm a proud Texan but there are many times I wished I lived in Florida.

Our temps. are similar, but the rain y'all get and constant humidity provide such a great overall climate for the tropicals I love.

But mostly because....Florida has such a tremendous network of bonsai artists/fanatics.

oh yeah..great work on this tree. :)

andy
 

thuan L.

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2013, 01:15 PM »
Thanks for the reply Dorothy you have beautiful trees!

Thuan
 

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Re: Ficus nerifolia Rootwork
« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2013, 05:09 PM »
Dorothy, do you know if this root grafting technique could be used on temperate deciduous trees with positive results? 
Thank you, and this tree is a beauty, so almost... sensuous.