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. The 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
he tree is very strong.