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JDNeessen

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New ficus salicifolia
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:43 PM »
I went to Bonsai West in Littleton, MA this past weekend when they had their 30th anniversary open house.  They had an auction of several trees, classes, and tools. 

I was excited to win this tree.  It needs to be repotted next year I think.  The front or where I see the front (first image) is facing the side.  I think I'll let it grow a bit taller to raise the crown a little bit and try to define the three different trees planted here. 

Let me know if you have any suggestions. 

Crown: 16"x 17.5"
Main trunk circumference: 6"
Nebari: 7"x7.5"
Pot: 14"x11"
 

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Re: New ficus salicifolia
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 01:52 AM »
Very nice. 3rd photo would be my choice for front...
 

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Re: New ficus salicifolia
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2012, 09:00 PM »
I'm not sure how I missed this one.  Nice pickup. 

I like the 1st and 4th for the front.
 

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Re: New ficus salicifolia
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 08:00 AM »
Me too, nice find.
 

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Re: New ficus salicifolia
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 09:59 AM »
Also, I'm not sure I agree with the idea of letting this one get much taller. 

Let me qualify that.  Maybe it'd need to be a little taller, but I think it would look best if it was allowed to grow ...primarily, wider!
 

JDNeessen

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Re: New ficus salicifolia
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2012, 11:34 PM »
Thanks all for the posts and for the input on the front.  I don't think I want to take it too much taller, but just a little bit taller so I can develop the crown a bit and have some more taper without making major cuts to the main trunk.  I do also like the idea of letting the crown grower larger.  The main trunk is pretty thick compared to the canopy, so it could be nice to have it be a bit wider. 

Lots of time to play with this one.  I'm pretty happy with it.  Thanks for the input.   :)
 

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Re: New ficus salicifolia
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2012, 12:54 PM »
I "kinda" like 3rd photo for front. Good trees often have more than one possible fronts. Usually the 'best choice' for front is the view where the back would have also been a good choice.

Nice tree

Agree that it needs to be wider.
To build taper, let some LOW branches develop. These should be below your planned first branch. Let them get long, several feet long. These will thicken the base. You may need this for 3 or more years (assuming like most of us colder than zone 8 growers that you have about 5 months were the tree really is actively growing).

I trim off side branches on my 'sacrifice' branches used for thickening trunks. I trim off the side branches until well past the 'visual design' of the tree, then I let them bush out and get massive. This lets me see the design of the tree, and avoids the sacrifice branches shading the necessary branches.

Without sacrifice branches you won't get dramatic taper, nor dramatic thickening.