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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Don Blackmond on September 24, 2009, 02:27 PM

Title: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Don Blackmond on September 24, 2009, 02:27 PM
This little guy was just worked up a bit.  Much more wiring is needed.  This photo shows it before cutting it back.
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Don Blackmond on September 24, 2009, 02:31 PM
Here it is after being cut and the bottom left branch wired (main branch was wired down with a lanyard and 2 secondary branches were wired).
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Post by: Rick Moquin on September 24, 2009, 02:41 PM
Looking good  :D
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Post by: bonsaikc on September 24, 2009, 04:40 PM
Wow. Beautiful nebari, Don! What is your plan for this tree? Where do you see it in 5 years?
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Post by: King Kong on September 24, 2009, 04:45 PM
This has an outstanding base. Would love to know how it was developed.

__gary
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Don Blackmond on September 24, 2009, 05:53 PM
What is your plan for this tree?
sell it
Where do you see it in 5 years?
someone else's bench
;)
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Don Blackmond on September 24, 2009, 06:18 PM
In all seriousness, this tree will continue to be what it is under my care.  I plan to grow the branches out 3" or so and work on thicker branches with less ramification.  I also want to eventually shorten the apex.  I will work it into a more shallow, oval pot, as time goes by.  There is a shoot half way up on the right that will be developed to fill in some negative space.  The 2nd branch on the left that comes to the front need to be repositioned and shortened.

This was one of the first trees owned by the lady who started Miami Tropical (before Alava).
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Don Blackmond on September 24, 2009, 06:20 PM
This has an outstanding base. Would love to know how it was developed.

__gary

Help me out here, since my mind is drawing a blank.  Who started Miamai Tropical Bonsai.  Was it Mary Madison?
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: bonsaihunk on September 24, 2009, 07:19 PM
Don,
This tree may have the best rootage/base/nebari of any Willow Leaf that I have seen.
Absolutely wonderful.
Jerry Bonsaihunk
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: mcpesq817 on September 25, 2009, 10:27 AM
This and the other ficus you posted are absolutely incredible.  They remind me of the huge, old powerful looking ficus in Australia.

Makes me wish I had the inclination to start working with tropicals :)
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: King Kong on September 25, 2009, 11:22 AM
In all seriousness, this tree will continue to be what it is under my care.  I plan to grow the branches out 3" or so and work on thicker branches with less ramification.  I also want to eventually shorten the apex.  I will work it into a more shallow, oval pot, as time goes by.  There is a shoot half way up on the right that will be developed to fill in some negative space.  The 2nd branch on the left that comes to the front need to be repositioned and shortened.

This was one of the first trees owned by the lady who started Miami Tropical (before Alava).

Pre  Fred and Alva ....wow I should know that. Didn't think there was another founder. There was a Mary Miller that worked there once in a while. Mary Madison is a totally different entity.

__gary
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Dustin Mann on September 26, 2009, 09:24 PM
Don: Just fantastic. Base(nebari) looks like a Trident Maple as opposed to grafted nebari seen on most Microcarpa trees. Love the simplicity of branch detailing/movement. Not trying to imitate a conifer  Dustin Mann
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Don Blackmond on December 06, 2009, 03:05 PM
This has an outstanding base. Would love to know how it was developed.

__gary

Help me out here, since my mind is drawing a blank.  Who started Miamai Tropical Bonsai.  Was it Mary Madison?

The name I was looking for is Christine Rojas (sounds like "row hoss").  Anyone know her, or the proper spelling of her name?
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Dustin Mann on December 07, 2009, 12:00 PM
Don; You have Christine's last name spelled and pronounced correctly. She used to edit "Tropical Bonsai" magazine with Mary Miller after Mary closed Bonsai Bench in Homestead. Christine I recall was also a body builder. Don't know what happened to her. M. Miller is still around doing critiques at Florida shows. Mary had a brother named Tom Hulce who also woked on bonsai with Christine I believe.  Dustin Mann
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: bubbafrga on December 07, 2009, 10:16 PM
Don; You have Christine's last name spelled and pronounced correctly. She used to edit "Tropical Bonsai" magazine with Mary Miller after Mary closed Bonsai Bench in Homestead. Christine I recall was also a body builder. Don't know what happened to her. M. Miller is still around doing critiques at Florida shows. Mary had a brother named Tom Hulce who also woked on bonsai with Christine I believe.  Dustin Mann

Per this thread Mary Millers Bother is Tom Stoute.
http://bonsainut.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3079&page=2 (http://bonsainut.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3079&page=2)
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Dustin Mann on December 08, 2009, 10:16 AM
To: Tom Stoute, So very sorry-brain malfunction.(not sure who Tom Hulce is-maybe a musician, psychologist,road runner,or actor) Say hellow to Mary for me. How do I get ahold of her.She stayed @my house when she visted in Oct. 97. Dustin Mann
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Post by: bubbafrga on December 08, 2009, 01:34 PM
To: Tom Stoute, So very sorry-brain malfunction.(not sure who Tom Hulce is-maybe a musician, psychologist,road runner,or actor) Say hellow to Mary for me. How do I get ahold of her.She stayed @my house when she visted in Oct. 97. Dustin Mann

Here is her web site:  http://www.scanner-magic.com/ (http://www.scanner-magic.com/)
 
I thought I had her email somewhere but could not find it.
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Tim Watts on December 10, 2009, 12:11 AM
great looking tree Jim Smith would love to work on it
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: sreeve on December 18, 2009, 06:15 AM
Hi Don - Congratulations on an absolutley stunning base.

I have a couple of large Willow Leaf figs, but all of mine have developed "shoulders" at the edge of the root system, whereas yours are flared perfectly.

How did you manage to get this gradual flare with this species?
Did you use a root gradting technique like I saw in another thread here recently?

Regards
Steve
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Treebeard55 on January 22, 2011, 09:38 PM
Wow! I'm new here on BSG, and just saw the pictures of this tree. What Jerry said: the base is to die for!

Any chance we'll see this tree on display any time soon at the Mid-America Show? (hint, hint.)
Title: Re: Ficus Nerifolia
Post by: Don Blackmond on January 26, 2011, 02:20 PM
Wow! I'm new here on BSG, and just saw the pictures of this tree. What Jerry said: the base is to die for!

Any chance we'll see this tree on display any time soon at the Mid-America Show? (hint, hint.)

Dustin will have to answer that question since it is in his collection now.   :'(