linlaoboo
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Joined: Sat May 22, 2010 5:15 pm
Location: NJ

Ficus Microcarpa propagation by air layering

I posted my ficus bonsai on other posts. Here is the mother plant and the new tree.

I hated the stem up top that's too thick with bad taper and thought it will make a good Shohin by itself.
[img]https://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/malagabee/blackberry2010218.jpg[/img]

Air layered it couple months ago.
[img]https://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/malagabee/007.jpg[/img]

After roots formed, layer is severed from the mother.
[img]https://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/malagabee/CIMG1543.jpg[/img]

Here's the end result.
[img]https://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/malagabee/IMG00775-20110622-2129.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/malagabee/IMG00776-20110622-2130.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i529.photobucket.com/albums/dd340/malagabee/IMG00777-20110622-2131.jpg[/img]
ficus, maple, elm, juniper, pine

kdodds
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Location: Airmont, NY Zone 6/7

Much better overall balance. And, I agree, I can't stand those "dragon trunks". Nothing screams, "poorly executed mallsai" like a dragon trunk. Now comes the hard part, waiting for it to grow. Although, in honesty, if it's ultimately going in a smaller (mame, ~2-3") pot, I might actually consider just development of nebari and ramification/leaf reduction.

linlaoboo
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Joined: Sat May 22, 2010 5:15 pm
Location: NJ

I'm thinking more like a 6" pot. The current round training plastic ware is about 8" in diameter. I like it because it's shallow so as to reduce downward roots. I have even put a piece of flat stone under the nebari to help roots spread sideways.

To add to the mallsai statement, I picked this stem to layer also because the mother has a rear facing stem that grows at the same height on opposite side of the trunk creating a "cross" look when viewed from the side which is not good in bonsai terms.
kdodds wrote:Much better overall balance. And, I agree, I can't stand those "dragon trunks". Nothing screams, "poorly executed mallsai" like a dragon trunk. Now comes the hard part, waiting for it to grow. Although, in honesty, if it's ultimately going in a smaller (mame, ~2-3") pot, I might actually consider just development of nebari and ramification/leaf reduction.
ficus, maple, elm, juniper, pine

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