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Making a large incision in a bonsai ficus

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I had fun watching my new ficus develop. After seeing how quickly it has grown, I can better understand the appeal of the bonsai ficus. Here are some pictures of the tree as the initial cut in April (see “New Ficus Bonsai” for details).

Repotting complete

After heavy cut and transplantation – 4.1.12

Ficus

after 6 weeks of greenhouse – 13/05/12

Ficus

after 4 weeks in a greenhouse – 6/17/12 (10 weeks after transplantation)

I thought it was time that some cut, so he began evaluating points tree good and bad. The good news is that the trunk has good size and a little movement. The bad news is a large branch, straight with a large wound. I decided to remove the branch and see what happens. I made the first cut with a saw.

Saw cut

After cutting the largest branch in the tree – Note rotted wood near the top of cut

remove me the last half-inch nibbling branch wood with a concave cutter. I left the wound convex so the resulting scar will be rounded rather than flat. After removing the bulk of wood with the concave cutter, I cleaned the cut edge with a knife graft and an abundant amount of paste applied cutting.

Cut rounded

cut somewhat convex

Cut paste

Cutpaste

I returned the tree to the green house where I to start feeding further accelerate growth.

After large cut

The other half of the ficus

My goal for now is to let these branches grow freely in an attempt to cure the large scar left by the removal large branch. Along the way I’ll be thinking about the future of the tree. And the step that has been growing so far, I do not think it will be long before it’s time to trim back the tree.

Read also:   Spring 2012 Seasonal Gallery -

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