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Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:58 pm
by aussietaf
Hi People, I've been looking at your forum for a while as a guest, so I thought I should sign up and become a member. I go by the name of Taffy (nickname for someone originally from Wales). Hopefully I might be able to have some input. I've been doing Bonsai for about 20 years and my 'passion' is Figs. I live in Queensland in the Temperate/Sub-tropical climate, so Figs do great here - I can work on them all year round (never drops below freezing). As an introduction, I'll post a few pics of some of my trees.
The first is Ficus Benjamina.
Second is Syzygium Australe (Aussie Boomer - Aussie native).
Third is Ficus Rubiginosa (Port Jackson Fig - Aussie native).
Fourth is Ficus Hillii.
Fifth is Ficus 'Green Island' (lots of aerial roots - grow naturally here).
Sixth is also a Ficus 'Green Island'.
The last one is a close-up showing all the aerial roots on the blue potted one.

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Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:47 pm
by Gnome

Welcome aboard and thanks for posting the pictures, your trees are very nice. I look forward to your input, you obviously have a way with Ficus. I have a few F. benjamina 'Minie Lucie' In my area I am forced to bring them inside for the winter where they slow down greatly. They are really just starter trees right now but I am coming to appreciate them.


Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:17 pm
by alisios
Hey nice trees!

Welcome to the forum and I'm glad you stopped lurking!

Is that a top dressing on the soil or is that what your soil looks like?

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:48 pm
by webmaster
Nice trees!

Welcome to the forum.

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:02 am
by aussietaf
Thanks guys. Yes Alisios, it's just a top dressing. Even though it's quite humid where I live, we also get temps up to about 34C (about 94F) with hot winds that dry out pots very quickly. I buy what we call 'concrete mix' (the sand/gravel mix used in mixing concrete) by the cubic metre. I then put it through three seives. Below are the three grades I sift out - the remainder is too fine for anything except maybe mixing up a smooth mortar. The largest (which is what you seen on the pots) is to act like a mulch to stop the potting mix drying out too quick - I lay it on about 1/2 inch thick. They are fairly smooth small pebbles. The second grade, I mix with my potting mix to open it up - about 60% potting mix to 40% grit. This is a sharp grit, not smooth like the larger stuff. The third grade I use for very small pots mixed with potting mix.
By the way, that's an Australian 5 cent piece (3/4" dia) in the middle for comparison.


Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:15 am
by sean117Ply
Hello fellow Aussie, welcome to the forum. Great figs you have there, I keep a couple of Banyan Figs which have been doing great this year down in Melbourne because of the warm humid conditions even after a very bad couple of frosts last winter when every single leaf suffered from the ice and dropped off.

Do you keep any other species?

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:58 pm
by koiboy01
HI Taffy,
Lovely ficus bonsai, welcome o the forum.