Ficus Projects Summer 2013

This year I have been working these ficus trees a great deal. They have been cut back, up-potted, defoliated, and wired. Now it is time to reap the rewards. These trees all still need considerable work. Growing them in California can be challenging because of low humidity, dry burning sun, hard water. This year our water supply in the San Francisco south bay area has been extremely high in salts due to the lack of rain.  This mean leaf damage in some cases and high stress for many trees.

This month I am preparing for a ficus demonstration at SBKK of San Mateo and one the trees pictured here will be raffled to a club member. The large ficus has been cut back many time to begin limb development since Feb of this year and is featured in the blog several times. Now it is full of foliage again preparing for its next debut.  This large tree will be raffled off to members of the club August 28, 2013.

Ficus  Microcarpa, August 2013 Pre Demo

Ficus Microcarpa, August 2013 Pre Demo

The galary of ficus trees to be shown and demonstrated will be:

FIcus Microcarpa, dwarf Shohin style

FIcus Microcarpa, dwarf Shohin style

Ficus Pumila, Shohin Style. This will be trimmed and wired this fall.

Ficus Pumila, Shohin Style. This will be trimmed and wired this fall.

Common Western Fig, grows all over California and typically had huge leaves and fruit. This tree has been reduced to Shohin over the past 4 years.

Common Western Fig, grows all over California and typically had huge leaves and fruit. This tree has been reduced to Shohin over the past 4 years.

Schefflera, reduced leaf size to dwarf. This was a commercial stock cutting and is developing into an interesting dwarf. Tree will be wired this winter again to bring branches down.

Schefflera, reduced leaf size to dwarf. This was a commercial stock cutting and is developing into an interesting dwarf. Tree will be wired this winter again to bring branches down.

Peruvian Pepper. Schinus molle. This is tree grows all over parts of mid and southern California but is a native to the Peruvian Andean deserts. It bleeds latex and presents itself as tropical in nature and responds well to summer re-potting.

Peruvian Pepper. Schinus molle. This is tree grows all over parts of mid and southern California but is a native to the Peruvian Andean deserts. It bleeds latex and presents itself as tropical in nature and responds well to summer re-potting.

Ficus Pumila, No leaf reduction is needed on this tree. It has been up-potted to strengthen it. It is in Fruit now. I have not let this tree develop weeping branches.

Ficus Pumila, No leaf reduction is needed on this tree. It has been up-potted to strengthen it. It is in Fruit now. I have not let this tree develop weeping branches.

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