Author Topic: FICUS ROOTS ON THE SOIL  (Read 1999 times)

clrosner

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FICUS ROOTS ON THE SOIL
« on: October 05, 2009, 03:42 PM »
I have a Ficus retusa, which I have had since 2001. It grows like crazy, and I re-potted it April 22, 2009. I now find roots growing through the soil, and I have had to direct them back into the soil as they seem to want to grow over the edge of the pot. Should I just cut them off where they come through the soil, or is this tree telling me it is time to re-pot again???"
 

bonsaihunk

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Re: FICUS ROOTS ON THE SOIL
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2009, 04:41 PM »
Hi Carl.
I have noticed the same thing in my plant room with certain Ficus. At certain times they will send out roots from the soil into the air (upwards!) and these roots will then drop to the soil, run along the soil surface and often ultimately dig their tips back into the soil. I think this occurs given the right conditions of high atmospheric humidity and a root that was cut or injured, such as with repotting.
This adds another interesting facet to Ficus growth, besides aerial roots etc.
These upward growing roots may be cut off without any damage to the tree or root system. Under the soil surface similar roots are growing that support the tree's health.
Regards,
Jerry "Bonsaihunk"
 

clrosner

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Re: FICUS ROOTS ON THE SOIL
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2009, 08:28 PM »
Thank you, Jerry.  Much appreciated. Rather than shock the tree by removing all those surface roots at one time, I will cut one root off each week. 

Warmest regards,
Carl