Author Topic: Willow Leaf Fig - Ficus neriifolia regularis (salicifolia) or Ficus 'salicaria'  (Read 3218 times)

clrosner

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Dear Forum members:
Attached picture is one of my favorite Ficus.  As you can tell by the subject line there are many names, but to any one of those names, I have to add, "89" since this is a tree I obtained from Jim Smith more than five years ago. Jim told me that in 1989 this is one of the trees that survived the freeze and has different characteristics than the normal Willow leaf.  In any event, I love this tree, in fact I painted it.

I have defoliated this tree two or three times a year.  My question is do I remove that horizontal root or wait for it to fuse to the trunk, which I think it is partially there already...  Thanks for your comments.
 

Larry Gockley

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Hi Carl. I see three options for that horizontal root. Leave it alone to fuse to the trunk and add more mass to the base. Cut it off and deal with the void it's removal  might leave. Or the most work intensive, cut it off and graft some roots in the void. If it were mine, I'd go with option one, and enjoy it as is. It's a very nice tree. Larry
 

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This is a really sweet little tree.

I find it interesting that you painted it without the horizontal root. Maybe that's a sign and you should follow your painters intuition?
 

andy graham

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I'm with Heather on this one. In your area it might take years for the root to actually fuse to the trunk. And even then it would create a horizontal "stripe" across the front of the tree.

Andy
 

bonsaihunk

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Carl,
I agree that it is not a positive feature of the tree. You could cut it off leaving a stub and packing it with sphagnum moss. Kept moist new roots will grow from the stub into the sphagnum and eventually into the soil.
Or it looks like the root itself maybe is long enough to be cut off where it is fused to the trunk and move it into the soil more or less straight down from the trunk. It should root itself.
Jerry
 

dee

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Carl,

The root can be utilized.  ficus are very fogiving with root manipulation.  Gently lift the root, and lay onto an into the
soil in the proper direction.   It does appear that the root could be removed with no effect to its look.  I don't think there would be a void.  Take that picture of the tree and color out the horizontal root.  That will tell you what to do next.

Dee
 

bonsaikc

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Carl, I know this isn't up for a vote, but I would definitely remove it.

Chris
 

clrosner

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Hi all:
I just went out and took the attached photos.  It's great to have a digital!!!  I marked the two areas where the root is fused.  When I did the painting I sunk the tree deeper into the pot.  The original picture at the top of the post shows the root, so obviously, I ignored it at the time thinking it would blend in.  Well that was June of 2005, and since I am looking at my 80th birthday next month, I am going to do a little surgery tomorrow.  No doubt, it is going to be a little ugly for awhile. Before I cover it up, I will take pictures for all to see.  :o :o

Warmest regards, and thanks for your in put.

Carl
 

clrosner

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THE DEED IS DONE!

I wish I was a procrastinator!  The more I read everyone's advice, I knew I would never sleep tonight, so I carried the tree into the tree house.  Sharpened my utility knife and went to work.  The first two pictures are after I completed the job, and then I decided to cover the two small wounds with lava rock, and let the tree handle the rest. No, I did not use and paste over the wounds. I have faith in the health of this tree to handle the compartmentalize of the two wounds.   :o :o

Thanks for all your advice.

Carl
 

bonsaihunk

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Carl,
Congratulations. It looks much better now.
Jerry
 

bonsaikc

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THE DEED IS DONE!

I wish I was a procrastinator!  The more I read everyone's advice, I knew I would never sleep tonight, so I carried the tree into the tree house.  Sharpened my utility knife and went to work.  The first two pictures are after I completed the job, and then I decided to cover the two small wounds with lava rock, and let the tree handle the rest. No, I did not use and paste over the wounds. I have faith in the health of this tree to handle the compartmentalize of the two wounds.   :o :o

Thanks for all your advice.

Carl

Carl, did you mean to say you wish you were NOT a procrastinator?  :D To me this tree has just jumped in emotional appeal by about tenfold...great job letting it go.

Chris

 

clrosner

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Chris:
I am definitely NOT a procrastinator.... That is my curse....  If I didn't make myself clear, I meant that if I WAS a procrastinator I would have left that horizontal root there.  But once you and all the other members put the bee in my bonnet, I knew I would not sleep the other night.  That is why I did the deed.  I thank you and everyone else for your in put.

Warmest regards,
Carl