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Problem roots

9 years 2 months ago - 9 years 2 months ago #19884 by Jerry Meislik
Posted is just one image of a questionable root system. The plant is Ficus salicaria - Willow Leaf.
How do you handle this problem in your Ficus?
Jerry

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9 years 2 months ago #19887 by Shannon young
Jerry, I handle it one of four ways.....1. Flat cut the base.....2. Aerial layer above the poor base and start again...3. Use the roots as a feature ie: Neagari-exposed root style...Or 4. Sell the tree and make it someone else's problem :laugh: .

.....BONSAI ON THE BRAIN.....

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9 years 2 months ago #19889 by Jerry Meislik
Shannon,
Do you modify your cure depending upon the Fig species? Are you more confident of success with one or another?
Jerry

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9 years 2 months ago #19890 by Shannon young
Yes Jerry.
QSL, Willow and Port Jackson fig respond well to flat cutting the base but I haven't had much experience layering all Ficus species to my knowledge though they should respond well being such a resilient tree.

.....BONSAI ON THE BRAIN.....

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9 years 2 months ago #19891 by Peter Woosley
This tree i would cut through the base at the best possible position, put it in straight diatomite and wait........
So long as it is done at close enough to the best time (growing) the success rate is 100% or very close to it. I don't think that diatomite is a "must have" ingredient in the mix but it does seem to increase the success rate.

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9 years 2 months ago #19892 by adam k
it would also be possible to graft in some roots
or cut nicks in the trunk apply rooting hormone & bury it deeper

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9 years 2 months ago #19893 by Leong Kwong
I will take the softest option, just cut flat across the widest section of the base at the optimum time and you will get a fantastic root base. I won't waste time with other techniques.

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9 years 2 months ago #19895 by Taffy
I haven't tried the 'Flat Cut' method, so I would have also said: Nick the bark at the required level and pot deeper. When new roots have grown, cut the old stuff away.

I think I'll have to try that Flat Cut method - you guys are so sure of it, it just has to work.

Regards,

Taffy

A seed is actually a tree packed ready for travel. (Bill Funk)

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9 years 2 months ago #19896 by Leong Kwong
It works like a charm Taffy, the flat right across the base technique. Have never fail me yet. One advantage I have is - bottom heat.

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9 years 2 months ago #19897 by Taffy

One advantage I have is - bottom heat.


Aha! Got plenty of that in the summer up here (and top heat - and side heat :laugh:)

Seriously though. I understand that. About when would you use bottom heat? Would you really need it in the Spring/Summer months?

Regards,

Taffy

A seed is actually a tree packed ready for travel. (Bill Funk)

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