Today was a Ficus trimming day. Many of my trees have been grow mode since the April show and were full of foliage and getting stronger. Once they reach that state and the temperatures are stable in the 80’s and 90’s I can trim them back substantially to improve branch development and smaller foliage. One of my favorite show ficus is a shohin version. It had tripled in size since the show and needed to be trimmed. ┬áThe first picture show the tree in full foliage. The second picture is a massive reduction of foliage and the removal of some heavy branches. To maintain this tree as a shohin I need to make sure the branches do not get too heavy and the foliage remains small. This will will now flourish again in the high heat and added humidity of the summer and will be in prime shape again in a few months.

The same process is used for another little ficus as seen below. Remember, you can only cut this hard when you know t

Another Shohin ficus was reduced severely to create smaller leaves and better bracnches
Another Shohin ficus was reduced severely to create smaller leaves and better bracnches

he tree is very strong.

Shohin Ficus growing strong after the April show.
Shohin Ficus growing strong after the April show.
The same Ficus after a massive reduction. This can only be done when temperatures have reached the 80's and the tree is very strong.
The same Ficus after a massive reduction. This can only be done when temperatures have reached the 80’s and the tree is very strong.

The development of a redwood bonsai

It is now summer of 2013 and our redwood is growing nicely. I must, during this time of year, pinch the fine light green leaves to keep the inter nodes short and the foliage compact. Below you can see how the tree has grown and some initial summer pruning.

2013 Redwood growth.
2013 Redwood growth.

Ficus Demonstration Tree Update

Ficus after second trimming this year in preparation for the the SBBK (San Mateo) August club demo.

Now after a few months of growth the tree is ultra full again awaiting its August demo.

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