Nice hot day here in Santa Clara. I had re-potted most of the tropical trees before a demo I recently concluded. Now it was time for the final ficus and the last of the summer trees. The Ficus Microcarpa Shohin is one of my prized tropical trees. It has been in the little shohin pot for a few years now and gone to show this year. It has been putting on prolific growth this year and I wanted to develop a more advanced nebari and root mass. In order to do that I needed to up-pot the tree to a bigger pot. I will lose some of the ramification and leaf size reduction initially as it grows back in but I can work that back and shape it over the next year.
The root mass was thick and full. Below is the before and after root pruning images:
The tree is to develop a new nebari so it is secured in the pot to ensure it doesn’t rock or move. This will ensure new fine roots will not be disturbed.
Finally the ficus is watered in and rest to grow again.
Last tree to re-pot was another Calliandra Tweedii, Firebush. This one was potted differently from the first. I am testing the bare rooting process on this one. I will watch it carefully as its after care may be different from the previous tree.