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Willow Leaf Fig - Ficus neriifolia regularis (salicifolia) or Ficus 'salicaria'

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

Chris

clrosner:
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:
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:
Carl,
Congratulations. It looks much better now.
Jerry

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