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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 09:42 AM

Title: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 09:42 AM
 Hi everyone. Well ,I did what I told myself I wouldn't do. I was supposed to document and upload all the work I try to do with my plants . I didn't do that. I was very busy with work this summer.  I lost some trees in October a few were on the forum. So this one bonsai was a cutting from another pre bonsai I will show. I have it growing on a upside down  cedar tree stump. It has been growing strong even though I've been slacking on the feedings. I use alot of slow release slow release ferts and rainwater. To make up for my bad schedule.
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 09:48 AM
The pics aren't so great but I'll show more
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 09:51 AM
 The tree has a few roots that are thickening well.
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 09:56 AM
I placed cuttings around so I can fuse them to the branches as aerial roots.I started one but I don't have the pic atm.
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 10:01 AM
I went to Owen Reich country on vacation and brought back different mosses from the Blue Ridge mountains . A few of my pee bonsai have some. These pics are a few days old . I am going to be wire and take more pics . Till next time
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: DorianJF on December 14, 2015, 03:42 AM
Nice Spongeman

Good to see.  I look forward to seeing it progress.

Sorry to hear you lost some trees.  I am going away for 3 weeks on vacation and am totally stressing about it.  I have started to train the house sitter on watering.  Hopefully  all will run smoothly.

Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 14, 2015, 11:10 PM
Thanks , I really thought I made it easy for my buddy to care for them while I was on vacation . I know he tried his hardest . Then then the cold front hit. But I have alot of projects going. I will try to put some up.
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 16, 2015, 09:25 PM
Hi everyone . The first tree is grown from cuttings that I cut this summer . From this plant which was a gift from my buddy .
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 16, 2015, 09:51 PM
The branch on the left with the aerial root is on the cedar stump. I grew all the branches on the tiger bark cuttings and the mother plant this summer .
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 16, 2015, 10:06 PM
I decide to check it's roots since I grew so much so fast. And I found what I thought I would. The roots started looking like the so called ginseng ficus. So I pruned and tucked all the aerial and lower roots. And I grafted step roots on area that can use some thickening up.
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 16, 2015, 10:18 PM
Sorry guys my cells auto-correct keeps changing words. But the cut the thick root back ,I left alot of it. I think the aerial roots will fuse well to it when it raised a bit.
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 16, 2015, 10:32 PM
The tree is  finally growing a new apex .I root pruned the tree because it's pretty warm out here. I can get some more growth this year. it was in the 80s today . We expect a quick cold front but it is going to warm back up.
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on December 16, 2015, 10:39 PM
The aerial roots in the last pic died back and grew new roots . I want them to grow well so they can help heal the wound . I freshened up the cut and  put the tree back in a cooler I use to keep the humidity level high. Here's a pic of what I hope will be the new apex. 
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on January 03, 2016, 12:08 AM
Hi everyone , I needed to get the tree out of that pot /oil pan . I finally found a deep pot that the tree should love . The stump is planted at a shallow depth ,on top of a piece of plastic for lateral growth. I plan on designing a rock pile base for all my root over deadwood . They are cedar root balls, but I still want them to hold up as long as possible.
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on January 03, 2016, 12:17 AM
The stump is holding up well .
Title: Re: Root over deadwood Tiger bark Ficus
Post by: SpongeMann on January 03, 2016, 12:23 AM
It seems the only nice pots I've found are blue ,green and tan.