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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Grog on November 01, 2010, 01:23 AM

Title: Retusa (?) Ficus
Post by: Grog on November 01, 2010, 01:23 AM
This is a ficus I picked up 3 years ago or so, not long after I got into bonsai.  This summer I'd decided to let that lower branch go crazy as a sacrifice branch but when I repotted it in preparation for Jerry Meislik's workshop in August I found all this nifty trunk below the top layer of roots.  I need to decide sometime soon if I want to let that current first branch extension do it's think or cut it back further for more taper.
Title: Re: Retusa (?) Ficus
Post by: Treebeard55 on February 09, 2011, 07:02 PM
I would remove it, unless you want to develop it into a secondary trunk.
Title: Re: Retusa (?) Ficus
Post by: Mike Pollock on February 11, 2011, 10:04 AM
I would think any scar from that branch would heal quickly, therefore you could leave it on for awhile before you decide. I would remove the hanging roots ASAP. This will force the tree to work on the surface roots you'll want to keep coming from below the new surface layer.

Any idea what kind of final image you're going for? It looks kind of "pine-y" right now. If you go for a wide, banyan style, that first branch could easily be part of the final design.
Title: Re: Retusa (?) Ficus
Post by: Grog on February 11, 2011, 10:22 PM
Thanks for the heads up on the hanging roots, I hadn't thought of that.  I was initially hoping to go for a rounded deciduous appearance but the branches are probably more suited to a wider banyan style, thus why I'd kept the exposed roots.

Thank you both for the comments.