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tmmason10

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Green Island Ficus
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:11 PM »
I thought it was strange that there had been no posts since my last visit here so I thought it would be a good time for my first topic.

I got this ficus last December, and defoliated it in early February to try and induce some back budding. I then was able to wire it and repot it in February, into a Bellota pot, at my Kaikou school class. I have since defoliated and rewired this summer and it has done well. I am hoping to display it this fall as part of the kaikou school display.

First pic as purchased
Second pic after repotting
Third pic I think is two weeks old.
 

andy graham

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013, 06:45 PM »
Looks nice. How would you prefer to display it? Defoliated? Fully leafed out? Or somewhere in between.

I ask because I have never had a tree in a show or even been to a show.
 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 09:19 PM »
Andy you have such amazing trees, why do you not show them? I like seeing your tropicals because they give me something to aspire to.

This tree is not really ready to show but part of our "graduation" for the Kaikou school we need to show a tree. I'm going to probably show it in leaf because the ramification really isn't show quality. It is my best tree though so I'm going with it.


I'm toying with the idea of one more defoliation this summer to try and pop some buds. What do you think?
 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2013, 09:19 PM »
By the way, the picture is from tonight.
 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2013, 11:57 AM »
Your tree is really looking good.

As for me..Shows?..I'm too lazy I guess. Or, the timing has never been right and I live pretty far away from any clubs,etc.

I'm not sure about your timing/season in Massachusetts. Do you still have time for the buds to make significant growth before you'll show it? At the size of your tree, it's going to be difficult to really get much ramification. You'd really need to do more than defoliation. If you think you have time..I'd clip the tips and when you're getting ready to show it, cut the larger leaves off. It looks like you left the growing tips on when you defoliated? Realizing that it would set your tree back by a considerable amount of time, next year you may want to prune the longer branches back pretty hard and see what kind of back budding you get.

That being said................

Take any advice I give with trepidation. If my trees look good it's because of happenstance. I've had them all for a long time and sometimes(every once in a while) I get lucky.

Andy
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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2013, 02:50 PM »
Your tree is really looking good.

As for me..Shows?..I'm too lazy I guess. Or, the timing has never been right and I live pretty far away from any clubs,etc.

I'm not sure about your timing/season in Massachusetts. Do you still have time for the buds to make significant growth before you'll show it? At the size of your tree, it's going to be difficult to really get much ramification. You'd really need to do more than defoliation. If you think you have time..I'd clip the tips and when you're getting ready to show it, cut the larger leaves off. It looks like you left the growing tips on when you defoliated? Realizing that it would set your tree back by a considerable amount of time, next year you may want to prune the longer branches back pretty hard and see what kind of back budding you get.

That being said................

Take any advice I give with trepidation. If my trees look good it's because of happenstance. I've had them all for a long time and sometimes(every once in a while) I get lucky.

Andy

I would say its getting close to being too late to grow new branches, but I still have some time. I am leaning towards a light cutback to try and buikd a but more foliage forthr fall. I agree that cutting back is certainly needed, but I hesitated this year because I knew I wanted to try and show it. John did suggest cutting farther back earlier this year, but I think next spring I'll be more wiling to give it a good hard cutback.

 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2013, 10:03 AM »
I cut it back to pairs of leaves yesterday. Hopefully it builds some new buds before the show.
 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2013, 03:00 PM »
I think it is an improvement just by doing that. Hopefully you'll get a few dormant buds to break further back on the longer branches.
 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2013, 04:00 PM »
Looks good. Feed it well and I bet it will pop a lot more buds.  ;D
 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2014, 12:05 PM »
This is how the tree currently looks. It struggled through this last winter and spring, losing a few branches.  Has grown well this summer. Will be showing this next week at our clubs first show. Obviously premature but it's all I have to contribute as of now. Wire will be removed before the show.
 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2014, 09:18 AM »
Just another close up taken at the show. Needs ramification especially in the apex.
 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2015, 02:49 PM »
You take this one outside in the summer? I can't remember if you were growing this year round indoors. If you let it grow a couple inches and cut it back you'll get some ramification going.

I always have liked what you've done with this one, but those two straight taperless roots on the right part of the front bother me. What does the back side look like?
 

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Re: Green Island Ficus
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2015, 05:49 PM »
You take this one outside in the summer? I can't remember if you were growing this year round indoors. If you let it grow a couple inches and cut it back you'll get some ramification going.

I always have liked what you've done with this one, but those two straight taperless roots on the right part of the front bother me. What does the back side look like?

Thanks for the comment. This does go out in the summer where it does much better. I definitely let it grow a few nodes then cutback for ramifications, just needs a few more seasons.

Interesting thoughts about the roots and I see your point. I'll have to think about how to address the situation. The backside has a large round hole from a sacrifice branch when it was grown out, but it's not nice enough for a feature.