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Ficus Virens

Postby jezz_39 » February 4th, 2017, 7:40 pm

I thought I had a thread for this tree but can't find it. Purchased late 2012, awful roots, no taper, trunks riddled in wire scars. As a beginner it was my nicest tree. Over the last 4 years I have cut off all overly thick roots, chopped trunks to different heights to produce taper and movement, and am now working on branch structure. Still has a way to go but is shaping up quite well. Latest photo is from last months repot, I will now be able to fit this into an appropriately sized pot in the next year or two. Just need to build an apex on the outer trunks and more ramification across the board. Comments and critiques welcome :yes:
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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby boom64 » February 5th, 2017, 11:09 pm

Looking good Jeremy ,has the beginnings of a good solid, strong Bonsai. Great to look back and even better when you can see good progress. Cheers John.
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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby jezz_39 » February 6th, 2017, 9:18 am

Thanks John. I try to document all my trees, you don't always recognise changes when you're looking at them everyday. I am much happier with the trunks now, got a few scars to heal which will happen with time. Once I get some branches set up to use for the outside apex, I'll need to slow the growth down. My biggest challenge with this species will be building a fine branch structure and ramification. It has a habit of sending out new shoots with long internodes which tends to stall progress a bit. One of the tops was struck as a cutting and is in the grow bed bulking up so i'll have another to play with in a few years :yes:
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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby anthonyW » February 6th, 2017, 4:04 pm

Very nice development

Do you have any spare cuttings/starters..finding it very difficult to source this species.

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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby jezz_39 » February 6th, 2017, 4:10 pm

Not at this time, Anthony. The one in my grow bed will be left to go berserk so I'll keep you in mind once I get some going :tu:
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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby anthonyW » February 6th, 2017, 4:14 pm

Thank you :)
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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby Jag001 » February 6th, 2017, 8:24 pm

Jeremy,

what a great improvement you have made, this tree is well on its way to being a fine strong tree.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby Ryceman3 » February 6th, 2017, 8:49 pm

Extraordinary development in under 5 years, really impressive job Jeremy. The tree is almost unrecognisable from the initial photo... in a good way that is! :tu:
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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby Nate.bonsai » February 7th, 2017, 8:34 pm

Awesome progression. Love the robust and character-filled trunk lines. Shows the importance of sacrifice branches and letting things get a little ugly in the short term for the long term pay off.


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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby jezz_39 » February 7th, 2017, 8:51 pm

Thanks to everyone for the comments. I do still have a long road ahead with this tree, a lot of scars to heal but fortunately I'm still in a growing out phase so it will all happen in time. If you look at the first photo the trunk on the left was cut to the first branch. Part of the thickness came from an aerial root, they are more useful than sacrifice branches when it comes to adding girth and healing wounds, but if you're in a refining state they can get out of hand and cause you more grief. I wouldn't pay money for stock like this now, but it's humbling to know that it can be improved in time and I hope to one day bring it to its full potential
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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby jezz_39 » January 4th, 2019, 3:28 pm

I finally got this tree into a pot so I can really focus on its development. Still a long way to go but the bones are there, the biggest challenge will be trying to develop fine ramification. Time will tell. The main trees apex needs reducing, it got a bit out of hand this season so I will wait to see which back buds present themselves.
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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby DangerousDave » January 4th, 2019, 9:03 pm

Mate. Nice tree/s. I like it.

Maybe it’s my lack of experience, but there seems a very obvious reduction for me, for multiple reasons/gains...

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Re: Ficus Virens

Postby jezz_39 » January 5th, 2019, 6:37 pm

Absolutely, though I think ideally it will be cut back before the fork. I'll know in a week or so when the buds begin to push.
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