[DK] Ficus racemosa - Entry 1

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[DK] Ficus racemosa - Entry 1

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I obtained this tree in December 2010, did a major trunk chop and popped it in the foam box. It has some new branching now. Since I am a fan of carving and thought it could be a good candidate for this comp.
Species - Ficus racemosa
Age: unknown (maybe 3 - 4 years)
Size: Trunk thickness - 5cm
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Here are some updates for first carving of this tree.
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Now is some new root-work and top pruning. It seems like it need to reduce the top further but would leave it like this for the time being to promote healing of the recent carving.
I'm so happy with how the root system developed after a short time in the grow box. there is no sign that the tape root's scaring and the horizontal spread is very even. It will fit nicely in a shallow pot next year when I repot in spring.
The plan now is to treat it with seasol and ST for the next 4 weeks then gradually introduce high N fert to promote heavy foliage/branching development. The next step would be no doubt ramification development.
I still have not decided the front yet, any suggestion is welcome.
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Ok, here are some update for this baby.
The tree has recovered quite well after the major carving and healing fast. I will keep the dense foliage for now to facilitate further healing of scars then will clip and grow the ramification. It is fed with high Nitrogen fert. I am not too worried about leaf size at this stage as total defoliation near final stage will fix that.
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Looking really healthy
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Looks good DK.
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Handy Mick wrote:Looks good DK.
It pays to live in the tropics!

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Yeah mate, they love this weather here. There is a park near my area that has a huge tree with trunk fully cover with fruits. I hope this one turns out ok.
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New hair cut :)
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Some updates for this one. Got some ramification going here.
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DK You have so got what bonsai is about !!! Your work has come on leaps and bounds in a very short time. Beautiful !!! Thanks for inspiring !!! :worship: :clap: :tu:
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I'm blushing now Annt. :oops: Have to admit that I've learned so much from people here and these trees still need a lot more time to develop. Thank you for the encouragement!
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Final repot was done on this one. I found a shallow pot to go with this but since the tree has grown so much from the initial design, it has gone a bit over 25cm (including the pot legs). Looks like I may have to trim it hard down to fit the requirement.
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You guys are too lucky :P :P :P Great progress.
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Wow looks great!! Do you always put on your fancy clothes when you repot?
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mugen wrote:Wow looks great!! Do you always put on your fancy clothes when you repot?
Haha, you got me. I actually often repot when waiting for the missus to get ready for outing :lol:
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