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Don Blackmond:
This is an old ficus retusa that I have been working on for a few years now.  It got a little long in the tooth two years ago, so I spent last year chasing in the branches and growing some new branches to replace some branches that were in need of replacing.  This year, it has been trimmed and wired, trimmed and unwired, then left to grow out.

The photos show it in 2005, then 2007, and then 2008 after cutting it back hard to regrow it.

Don Blackmond:
Now, jump ahead to yesterday and see what it looked like.  This picture shows it after being allowed to grow out after being pruned twice, wired and unwired, this season.  There are new branches that are now nearly 1/2" thick.  Its ready to be cut back and wired again.

Don Blackmond:
These photos show it after trimming it back (with the exception of a few branches) and wiring some of the new main branches.  There is more wiring to do, but that will wait until later after it has regenerated and then been defoliated.

bonsaikc:
Don,
I really like this one. In my mind, though, it should be a much wider tree with more massive lower branches. What are your thoughts?

Chris

Don Blackmond:

--- Quote from: bonsaikc on September 24, 2009, 04:42 PM ---Don,
I really like this one. In my mind, though, it should be a much wider tree with more massive lower branches. What are your thoughts?

Chris

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it will end up being wider.  I am working on secondary branching and some tertiary branching.  As it develops it will grow wider, but not "much" wider.  Maybe 4" or so, depending....  The lower branches are already over 1.5" and 2" thick, and they will continue to grow.

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