Author Topic: Golden gate ficus  (Read 1261 times)

Charlestonbonsai

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Golden gate ficus
« on: October 17, 2013, 06:50 PM »
Pics of potential front and pic of cut wound. I just received this tree and can't decide.
 

leszekr

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Re: Golden gate ficus
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 09:45 PM »
Hi there, I just noticed your post... kind of delayed reaction (two months) but if you're still out there then may be I can help a bit... I think the second picture should be your front - this position makes the s-curve less exaggerated, the first pic shows the curve from the front where it is the deepest and then there is this straight run of the trunk above it. So if it was my tree, I'd go even further, having the Pic. #2 as a front I'd cut the top of the tree down to the two bar branches (looks like appr 1" below the current cut). I'd then wire up the right hand branch to be a new leader and leave the left branch alone. This way you'd introduce some taper to the top of the tree. Given where you live the surgery I described would be all healed up in no time... Also give the branch thicknessand shape a thought. Lower branches have to be thicker than the upper ones. Your lowest branch is thin - let it grow out and thicken, the one above it is thicker - prune it back hard to stop the thickening and start the ramification. Branch shape should reflect the shape of the trunk - meaning you should have movement in the branches similar to the movement of the trunk; a few branches on your tree are ramrod straight and do not look good. Wire or directionally prune, whichever will work for you. Nice healthy tree overall, looks like a good purchase, good luck with it...