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ken duncan

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Summer leaf pruning
« on: July 11, 2009, 09:19 AM »
This is a Ficus microcarpa that I just leaf pruned. It still has away to go to be a Bonsai, but I love ficus because they can develop very fast.
This tree is about 5 or 6 years from a cutting.
Ken
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bonsaihunk

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2009, 02:16 PM »
Ken,
Lovely base and movement to your tree. It won't be too long now.
Jerry
 

ken duncan

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2009, 09:48 AM »
Jerry, Thank You for your reply.
I am not sure if I should try to wire the branches down are just use clip and grow with this tree.
Ken
 

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2009, 10:22 AM »
Ken,
Why not use a different technique on different trees? The resultant trees can look quite different.
Jerry
 

ken duncan

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2009, 01:26 PM »
Jerry, I think that is good advice, I try to keep my trees different from each other. I am always looking for something that is out of the norm to keep it interesting.
I like the tree that You have as your avatar, what is it and can You post a larger pic of it.

Ken
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bonsaihunk

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2009, 09:41 PM »
Ken,
Thanks. The avatar tree is a cutting of a Ficus natalensis. The tree is one piece cut off a larger plant. The other 4 pieces are also now coming along nicely as bonsai. The whole process will be printed in BCI magazine sometime in the next few issues. As to posting a larger image, I am not sure I can do it.
Jerry
 

ken duncan

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2009, 03:11 PM »
Jerry, that is an eye catching design. I do not know this variety of Ficus, can You tell me a little about it, common name, leaf size, how it does as a bonsai, etc. I love to work with Ficus and would like to find this variety.
Ken
 

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2009, 04:11 PM »
Ken,
Thanks for your kind words. This plant is commonly called the Natal Fig and it is from South Africa. It has a huge leaf that can be up to 6-7 inches plus the petiole! It is one of the strangler family of figs and can grow epiphytically on other trees.
I obtained my tree from David Fukumoto of Fuku-Bonsai.
Leaves reduce very easily and it propagates easily from root and stem cuttings.
The included shot shows how this tree looked before any training.
If you are interested you can contact David or maybe I can find you a plant.
Jerry
 

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2009, 06:23 AM »
COOL!!
I know that word is dated but so am I.
What a transformation, this tree shows real vision to take that lanky plant  and turn it into such a graceful Bonsai.
Well done Jerry.
Ken
 

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2009, 01:38 PM »
Thanks Ken.
Irene and Ken send me a personal message about the material.
Jerry
 

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2009, 05:21 PM »
You are welcome Jerry, I really like this tree. How big is it?
Ken
 

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2009, 11:47 PM »
Ken,
the tree is about 20 inches tall. Its a guess as I am in Indiana currently teaching bonsai courses so my measurement is a guesstimate.
Thanks.
Jerry
 

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2009, 07:23 AM »
Jerry, I would have thought that it was much bigger.
Ken
 

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2009, 05:37 PM »
Ken,
I am back home and measured the tree. It is 21 inches tall and 33 inches wide.
Jerry
 

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Re: Summer leaf pruning
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2009, 06:40 PM »
24 days after it was leaf pruned, I did a little thinning out of the foliage. I find that on most Ficus, as the new leaves come out when it has been leaf pruned, there are so many new buds poping out that you need to remove the ones that don't belong. The ones growing up, the ones growing down and the ones that are to close to each other or the ones that are just in the wrong place. It is harder to remove them when the new leaves reach full size. The buds that are very small can be rubbed off with your fingers.
Ken

  
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