[Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

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[Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » March 21st, 2013, 3:00 am

• Species name ficus benjamina Natasha
• Original height of stock 30cm
• Where you obtained it from: Bought it in SA last month
• Cost of stock: R40
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I plan to reduce it to less than 10cm trunk height from present.I brought it without any soil...so it was in bad condition...so I was not sure if it will survive, and two friends wanted cuttings...so I took 4 cuttings from the top just in case it dies. Not for purposes of styling. That is where the biggest cuttings were.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » June 4th, 2013, 9:39 pm

This my first official update....It has not moved even a bit...It is just the same...When at list gets some leaves I shall post a picture. It is winter here now.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » June 17th, 2013, 6:32 pm

As all the other figs it is not growing...It is just too cold now, and none of the figs are growing. I wanted to trunk chop it up to the lowest branch, but one of the two leaves it had on that branch has fallen off and the other one does not look too good. It has a large brown spot. Being a ficus benjamina variety...I believe in leaving some leaf bellow the chop.One of the little branches I chopped, and left without leaf has died back...so dont want to take any chances with it, since it is the only plant I have and I brought it from abroad.
I dont think it is the right variety to use for a competition, since I have now found out it is the slowest growing variety of benjamina, but I hope to learn something in the process, and that is important to me.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » September 28th, 2013, 3:16 am

I dont think it has added more than 5 leaves. I am going to chop it, and see if it will back bud.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » December 15th, 2013, 2:06 am

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This ficus just does not want to grow. I trunk chopped it and at least got some shoots.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » March 9th, 2014, 12:01 am

This ficus does not grow....probably it does not like the soil it was in or it is just a slow grower. It was planted in coarse sand and mulched with manure...
When I removed it from the soil it had no roots almost. Very puzzling.
Made some kind of raspberry chicken from it but I am not happy with the stone arrangement and will redo it later.
Pot is DIY cement pot with PVA paint mixed it it.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby xtolord » March 17th, 2014, 3:12 pm

That's not uncommon even here.
I've got some ficus that grow like crazy and others that just seem not to want to grow, even in same soil mix and with same feeding regime and same sunny location.
I usually defoliate those that do not want to grow.
I don't get as much growth as for the other ficus, but it does force the plant to backbud and produce smaller leaves.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » March 17th, 2014, 9:37 pm

Thanks Xavier, This one is a benjamina so I would not dare defoliate it...had bad experience with that.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » June 5th, 2014, 6:35 pm

This one is turning out cute I think. :( :lost: It was not growing at all, so it has surprised me.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby xtolord » June 5th, 2014, 7:02 pm

I get that with my benjamina too...
When I'm expecting something out of them they seem to stagnate, then I just forget them in a corner for 6 months and they decide to grow wild.

Anyway this one is turning out nice.
What's the green and white stuff you are using in the composition?

Did you try to defoliate it??
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » June 5th, 2014, 8:01 pm

Thanks Xavier...
The white stuff are stones...but I dont like them so I shall change them while repotting (I will have to repot it now)
The only greed (dead looking stuff ) I can thing of is the moss that is looking pitiful.
I would never dare defoliate FB...I tried on one...a trunk chop (died) Defoliation here = dead branches.
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Re: [Neli] ficus benjamina Natasha

Postby Neli » September 10th, 2014, 12:54 am

Final submission. This is the slowest growing ficus I know...plus you can not defoliate or trunk/branch chop without leaving leaves at the end...so I had to develop a system for trimming it.
I had to wait for a long time to reduce the trunk...by slowly reducing it in order to get back budding, and chop it back to a small branch.
Ramification was developed by cut back, to 2 leaves. Wiring was employed plus clip and grow.
Pot is home made cement slab. I dont like the stones...Eventually they will be replaced.
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