Time to show off your figs (ficus)

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Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby Ficusboy101 » February 19th, 2013, 8:20 pm

It's time to show off your ficus big or small
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Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby Jasonb » February 19th, 2013, 9:57 pm

Pjf, 27 years from seed. I'm the second owner as an elderly woman became too frail to care for it.

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When I first got it in feb 2012,

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After defol and wire.

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After first styling

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And today.

Still a great deal of work to go, and I'm still not happy with the branch structure but I think I've got some good direction so far. What does everyone think?
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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby kcpoole » February 20th, 2013, 7:15 am

I would be cutting the branches back hard, shorten them by about 3/4, and then build the ramification.
I did this earlier tjis summer on one of mine

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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby Boics » February 20th, 2013, 8:00 am

kcpoole wrote:I would be cutting the branches back hard, shorten them by about 3/4, and then build the ramification.
I did this earlier tjis summer on one of mine

Ken


Agreed.

However having said this the "leggier" look is kinda sexy ;)
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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby Tony Bebb » February 20th, 2013, 9:43 am

Hi Jason

Nice Fig with good age mate. I would agree with cutting it back to make the nice trunk base more powerful by increasing the proportion. You will find it will give you more foliage easier to fill out more.
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Good start to a thread Boics. It would be good to see a lot of Figs in one place. :cool:
Never had all mine in one place that I can remember, so here's some of mine. I think all of them have been on AB at some stage anyway.
I love figs and have been growing them for 28 years.

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I'll have to take some more pics as some of these have not been updated for a while.

Lets show what we all have together. Even if they are only beginning be proud of your Fig and lets have a look.
Nice one Boics

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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby DavidWilloughby » February 20th, 2013, 10:29 am

Hi All,

Great topic, I know figs are not to everyones liking, but for me they're one of my favourites.

I like how you have styled it Jason, it has a graceful and elegant feel to it already, but in saying that I do agree with everyone that it would benefit from being cut back.

Mr Bebb, I love your Figs, each one of them tells a different story.

To add to the thread, here are a few of my figs that are all works in progress:

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I have a few more that I will have to get photos of but they're being rebuilt from scratch (correcting previous mistakes). Look forward to seeing many other figs posted up.

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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby The Ficus Guy » February 20th, 2013, 12:11 pm

Here's my biggest Ficus. It's a work in progress, but given my location in cold, cold, Virginia, it's great material. I'm working on chasing the foliage back toward the trunk currently.
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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby DustyRusty » February 20th, 2013, 12:25 pm

Two of mine. Ashamed of both at this stage.

The first is a domestically collected i've posted before. No carving here. Good potential but decided recently to concentrate solely on getting a good nebari before i work on any branches. Next season will be big uncontrolled growth and a few approach grafts to create some roots. Think this one has good potential though....

The first was given to me and set up by my dad. He placed some cuttings over a rock and they've kinda stayed looking like that. Looks a bit unnatural but keeping it for memory's sake.
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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby Shannon » February 20th, 2013, 6:22 pm

Here is a couple :)

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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby Nathan » February 20th, 2013, 7:45 pm

Some great looking figs there boys, here is one I restyled last weekend and my large broom head, root over/ around rock and formal upright
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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby Rintar » February 20th, 2013, 9:26 pm

Wow mind blowing figs nothing worth posting in the next few years .... well at least until next summer ;) with luck i may have something in a pre bonsai stat by then.

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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby bodhidharma » February 21st, 2013, 11:55 am

I have between 50-75 figs of all shapes and sizes waiting on the back burner for me to come and pay attention to them :palm: All are in dire need of wiring but are extremely healthy.Here is a small sample.
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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby jezz_39 » February 21st, 2013, 12:47 pm

Some really inspiring figs in this thread, keep up the good work everyone :worship: Goes to show the diversity of styling options for the species.
I won't post mine as they are all in developmental stages of growing on or just being chopped back to stumps. Perhaps in 2 more seasons.
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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby Andrew F » February 21st, 2013, 1:51 pm

bodhidharma wrote:I have between 50-75 figs of all shapes and sizes waiting on the back burner for me to come and pay attention to them :palm: All are in dire need of wiring but are extremely healthy.Here is a small sample.

Jeez Bodhi that second one is a guts!!!! Please keep us updated.
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Re: Time to show off your figs (ficus)

Postby thoglette » February 21st, 2013, 2:15 pm

Ficusboy101 wrote:It's time to show off your ficus big or small

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About 300mm tall. F. Benji. Still deciding whether to make the back the front as the roots at the back are more interesting
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