here are a few of my ficus benj. They are shown recently cut back and repotted.
the first has several arieal roots. the local nursery man kept these tree in relatively low light and watered them almost every other day. they where in a 100 % peat moss which was severely degraded. my new soil mix is around 80 % pea gravel and 20 percent bark
notice the large crossing aerial roots, hoping they will melt together over time
I figured I'd try the straw method to kinda guide the aerial roots to their final position
my hopes for this tree is a nice double trunk design. with a mother protecting or guarding the daughter tree. yes
this last one has the thickes trunk but is rather plain and straight.. i am atempting to use some sphagnum moss to encourage more roots into a greather nebari... perhaps i should turn the tree and employ a sever trunck chop and use the lowest branchas the new apex, then build from there
i just received some knob and concave cutters in the mail today, going to try and clean up the wounds.
design recommendations are surely welcomed!