[Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » November 4th, 2017, 8:28 pm

Compared to when I got it a year ago or so

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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » November 4th, 2017, 8:33 pm

My plan is to grow a very wide canopy and later put into a very shallow pot and try to grow ALOT of aerial roots. Something like this;
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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby Keep Calm and Ramify » November 5th, 2017, 7:11 am

:wave: Zim,
I love this "Banyan" style too. Lots of misting the trunk throughout these warmer months to increase humidity levels, should encourage the aerial roots to form. You've managed to reduce the leaf size down too.
I've found that once the wider canopy forms, its better to use guy wires for anchoring down the branch lengths, rather than coiling wire.
At this moment, I believe your soil level should be covered thick with poo - (seamungus or dynamic lifter pellets - piled high!)

Anyways, you may already know all of this from research on this site, so all I can say whilst your developing this tree is
Keep calm and ramify! :D
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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » November 9th, 2017, 12:10 pm

Keep Calm and Ramify wrote::wave: Zim,
I love this "Banyan" style too. Lots of misting the trunk throughout these warmer months to increase humidity levels, should encourage the aerial roots to form. You've managed to reduce the leaf size down too.
I've found that once the wider canopy forms, its better to use guy wires for anchoring down the branch lengths, rather than coiling wire.
At this moment, I believe your soil level should be covered thick with poo - (seamungus or dynamic lifter pellets - piled high!)

Anyways, you may already know all of this from research on this site, so all I can say whilst your developing this tree is
Keep calm and ramify! :D


Thanks a lot! Ok I will pile on the fertiliser this weekend [SMILING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]

I think if I get it into a very shallow pot that will encourage aerial roots also. Might graft some as well if possible.

And yes I only just noticed myself the reduced lead size!


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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » November 12th, 2017, 7:41 pm

Such a shame this was disqualified from the shohin comp damnit [LOUDLY CRYING FACE]


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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » January 13th, 2018, 2:07 pm

I got impatient and reported this only after a few months as I found the perfect pot.

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I also relocated the two aerial roots so we will see how that goes!


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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » January 13th, 2018, 2:08 pm

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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » January 19th, 2018, 9:05 pm

Any feedback would be appreciated


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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby Steve B » January 20th, 2018, 9:27 am

It can be quite a challenge to get aerial roots to grow in the right spots. Couple of strategies I have found useful:
- wrapping Sphagnum around spots you want to root with some plastic - almost like an air layer but you want to leave an escape path for the roots towards the ground if you can to avoid roughing them up when they are young and you need to get them heading in the right direction. Experimented with using poly/ag pipe as a growth channel for the roots to run down. Some successes but a LOT of messing around and disappointments along the way.
- taking cuttings and once established, planting them under a branch to look like an aerial root and getting them to graft into the existing branch. Works pretty well with figs BUT you can get some ugly grafting bulges as its hard to control for.
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Here’s an example of a schefflera I used both techniques on. Look for the aerials to the right. The bigger is the grafted cutting. Couldn’t get it to work on the left hand of the tree for some reason, so have decided to live with it as is! This tree has been grafted together from a bunch of cuttings and then wrapped in spahgnum for a year to get the roots cascading down the front to break up the straight lines of the cuttings.

I like the look of your new pot, definitely suits the tree. There is the question of scale relating to your tree and the banyan style you are aiming for. The example shots you have above are of trees probably a meter tall and wider than that across the canopy. This scale helps with aerials as they can bulk out surprisingly quickly. For a smaller tree you need to be prepared to cut old ones off and regrow if they get too chunky. Personally if I had your tree I’d look to build out a highly ramified canopy and not worry about the aerial roots until the canopy takes shape and you take a view if its size will handle it OK. Enjoy it as a smaller canopy fig that is going to look good surprisingly quickly. In the meantime strike plenty of cuttings from the tree as you ramify it. Encourage them to grow long and straight for 20 to 30 cms. Once they take, you can look to graft them onto your fig and/or plant them in a low, wide pot (retainer trays for large pots work well with a couple of holes in them) and work like crazy to get them to graft together to look like a banyan.
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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » January 20th, 2018, 12:25 pm

Thanks a lot for the advice :)

Yes I think growing cuttings and grafting aerial roots sounds the most practical for me.

Once It settles into the new pot hopefully it will kick back into strong growth again. I’ll keep an eye on the graft I did do for bulging.


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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby Keep Calm and Ramify » January 20th, 2018, 3:28 pm

more poo....
more poo....
more poo.....with poo on top!
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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » January 20th, 2018, 9:09 pm

Keep Calm and Ramify wrote:more poo....
more poo....
more poo.....with poo on top!


Hahaha yes I believe you are correct! As soon as it’s settled on new pot I’ll pile it up!


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Re: [Zimzallabim] Port Jackson Fig

Postby zimzallabim » April 8th, 2018, 4:57 pm

Just defoliate all my figs and this one is coming along nicely IMO

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