[Steven] Ficus nerifolia 2

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[Steven] Ficus nerifolia 2

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• Species name: Ficus nerifolia
• Current height: 120mm
• Origin: Cutting taken from a rubbish tree
• Cost: $0
2012 December (a).jpg
2013 March (a).jpg
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Like my other Nerifolia, this one was a cutting taken in September 2012. I repotted in December and screwed a disk of plastic to the bottom to help create a nice spread of roots.

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I intended to only select the branches to keep but when I was assessing the root spread I got carried away.
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I'll now keep it in a warm sunny spot for as long as I can. Next work will be to shorten the first branch and shape the leader to form an apex.

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Re: [Steven] Ficus nerifolia 2

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Thanks Steven, that's a great idea to actually screw the plastic cap into the base to encourage basal flare, not just the tree on top. Will give that a go for the Port Jackson fig I entered, when I get to it. Cheers Shane
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Not a lot of growth from this one over the cooler months. I can see some buds swelling though.
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It's been growing but I haven't done any work on it. Best get started I think!
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Re: [Steven] Ficus nerifolia 2

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How's the basal flare on this fig coming along, as a result of the cap screwed underneath, Steven?

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It's hard to tell Shane. I've potted it a bit low in the pot and don't want to disturb it so I can maintain maximum growth. We will have to wait until the end of the comp to see.

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Still haven't gotten around to working on this one... :palm:
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2 years later and I still haven't done any work to this one!! :palm:
Currently 210mm tall.
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Still haven't touched it... just waiting for the first L branch to thicken up a bit then I'll cut it back and start shaping the rest.
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Finally got around to doing some work on this one last night. The branch at the back is just to thicken the base even more (cause we love fat bases :ugeek: )
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I cut off the sacrifice branch at the back of the tree and have wired a few branches into position.
The photo makes it look taperless but in real life it's actually pretty good. I'll have to try to address this somehow.
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Your work with this species inspired me from the start. Love how this is developing!
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I removed some branches to try to show more of the taper. The base is spreading nicely :tu:
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Looking forward to getting this one into a bonsai pot.
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