[Tutorial] How to Develop Dynamic Figs Quickly

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Guess I can't use pond baskets :palm:
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Nice root growth in under a month mate
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The Ficus Guy wrote:Guess I can't use pond baskets :palm:
Can't tell if you're joking or not. I'd snip those roots off the outside to encourage inner growth. I've got a ficus nerifolia growing in a colander under lights in my room. The goal was to improve the roots and so far I've seen a few little roots popping out of the side, which is incredibly encouraging.
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Re: [Tutorial] How to Develop Dynamic Figs Quickly

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G'day,

It's probably getting a bit late in the season to repot figs but I didn't get around to this one until this morning.
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I'm not happy with the trunk line or taper so I will be trunk chopping it next Spring to create more movement.

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Hi Steven, if you get in under the trunk with knuckle cutters clean out any downwards growing roots and scar underneath the trunk this will assist in getting really great basal flare.
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can this technique be use for other species also????
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coomy20 wrote:can this technique be use for other species also????
Steven wrote:This method can be easily adapted to elms, hawthorn, olives, pines etc - only the time frame may change.
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Has anyone used boons mix to do this, or is everyone using the sand?
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Hi Josh,

:imo: any free draining mix will work well. Because you are fertilising heavy with DL, the ability to drain is very important to prevent fertiliser burn. Boon's mix should be great. a sand mix should be fine too as long as the fines/silt is removed.

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Did this to another cutting:
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And one more:
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Repotted one of the natalensis cuttings I did this technique to over a year ago today:
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Now that will be a very nice base !
Good work and great result :yes:

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kcpoole wrote:Now that will be a very nice base !
Good work and great result :yes:

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Thansk Ken I agree :tu:

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The Ficus Guy wrote:And one more:
What kind of fig is this one? Does the bark stay this nice dark colour with white spots?

Sorry the pics didn't quote. The fig in post 176
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