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Typical Ficus Retusa revival

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:06 am
by luigonz
Here is a F. Retusa i found in my local nursery. i go a deal on it cause it had a few wire scars, but i figure they are not that deep and will heal with time.

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as i was re-potting this tree i found it had more thicker trunk buried. it runs along the surface of the soil. im not sure how i will use this feature yet.
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here it is in a growing pot. aka. a one dollar colander. hehe.
I plan on letting it grow out for a year of so, then plan on a drastic trunk chop righ below the bulge near the top.

Re: Typical Ficus Retusa revival

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:24 pm
by JTred
luigonz wrote: here it is in a growing pot. aka. a one dollar colander. hehe.
I plan on letting it grow out for a year of so, then plan on a drastic trunk chop righ below the bulge near the top.
I have heard great things about pond baskets/ colanders for growing feeder roots. +1 on chopping below the bulge. Good find.

JT

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:35 pm
by linlaoboo
if ur going to do major chopping, why not airlayer 1 or 2 of the thicker stems above the bulge 1st. Then you'd get more trees to play with.

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:00 pm
by luigonz
I was wondering on the ability for this species of Ficus to take-root.
I tried to air-layer my f. Benj with sphagnum moss but no rooting hormone.
This attempt failed( it only had one formed root, plus the branch I cut was about 1 inch thick.

i've tried simply sticking some thinner branches (of the F. Retusa)into a 50/50 mix of soil and vermiculite.

i wonder if I should air layer or simply chop and plop it into the planting medium. Currently I am leaning toward another attempt at air-layering.

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:35 am
by froggy
luigonz wrote:I was wondering on the ability for this species of Ficus to take-root.
I tried to air-layer my f. Benj with sphagnum moss but no rooting hormone.
This attempt failed( it only had one formed root, plus the branch I cut was about 1 inch.
Sounds to me like you just need to wait a bit longer ;)
My first ficus benjaminium air layer only had one root too, but it grew big enough to support the entire part above it... Mind, I am still not 100% certain on whether the root came from the air layer, or just a latent bud...

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:13 pm
by kdodds
Ficus root pretty readily, some species more readily than others. F. retusa does just fine, usually, as hard wood cuttings in potting soil.