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    "Root-on-Wall" Ficus

    Yes, it is. Thank you.
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    "Root-on-Wall" Ficus

    He did say he sometimes had crazy ideas. LOL!
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    "Root-on-Wall" Ficus

    I had an ebook by a South African bonsai artist who wrote a book, albeit something like 50-60 pages or so, entirely on how to create a ficus bonsai with hollow interior, based on strangler fig killing its host like you described. Unfortunately, I forgot his name, and the pdf ebook was not...
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    "Root-on-Wall" Ficus

    Some of you might have seen these types of "Root-on-Wall" ficus, but not many know the story behind its creation and by who. Kasu Bonsai (Jose Luis Lopez Casulleras ) of Spain asked me how it was done. I don't know, never tried it, I had only read how it was done. Instead of sending him...
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    F. microcarpa vs. F. retusa

    I suggest you get a paper copy. I bought mine as a Kindle e-book. I find it hard to see the photos clearly, have to enlarge each one and close it, very troublesome. Reading an e-book novel is very convenient but not a book with a lot of illustrations.
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    F. microcarpa vs. F. retusa

    I wrote a blog on where the names Tiger Bark, Kingman, Golden Gate Ficus come from, which might be of interest to you. They are just one cultivar called by a multitude of names. https://bonsaipenjing.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/how-did-tiger-bark-kinmen-golden-gate-ficus-get-their-names/ One may...
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    F. microcarpa vs. F. retusa

    Please also see this link about the confusion between F. retusa and F. microcarpa. https://borneoficus.info/2018/10/04/ficus-retusa-ficus-microcarpa-confusion/
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    F. microcarpa vs. F. retusa

    For a long time, the name Ficus retusa in nursery trade has been wrongly applied to F. microcarpa. Since microcarpa is highly variable, what you find as ginseng, tiger bark, green island etc. are cultivars or varieties of F. microcarpa since they all produce the same syconia. According to C.C...
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    Green Island Ficus got some Major Work

    I like it since I have seen too many big trunk umbrella shape ficus, which I have several.
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    The origin of Tiger Bark, Kinmen, Golden Gate and Kingman ficus names

    For us who likes to grow ficus, there are confusing names like Kinmen, Tiger Bark, Golden Gate, Kingman etc., which sound like they are different cultivars. Actually, they all refer to only one cultivar of Ficus microcarpa which as a species is quite variable. The history of its discovery and...
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    Extended season starting trees indoors

    Great series of posts on growing from seeds!
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    Satsuki Azalea with yellow-ish leaves

    You have iron and magnesium deficiencies. Plants have difficulties taking in these two micronutrients from roots in alkaline soil. I foliar spray mine with Epsom salt solution, 2 tablespoons/gallon of water; or with Fertilome chelated iron/acidifier solution.
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    Satsuki Azalea After-Flower Maintenance

    First photo, two shoots pushed out from this year’s cut-back. Second photo, the newly grown shoots were pruned leaving two leaves on each shoot. It is safe to do such pruning even for our very hot zone 9 weather as long as I leave a pair of leaves after pruning.
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    Satsuki Azalea After-Flower Maintenance

    Hard to suggest whether it is OK to prune your newly acquired satsuki without knowing more about their backgrounds such as how healthy they are, are they newly imported trees or well established trees etc.. For a healthy tree, you can always prune to two shoots and stop there, or continue and...
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    Satsuki Azalea After-Flower Maintenance

    I put those two blogs on Facebook Azalea for Bonsai pages. Those might be the ones you saw. In your cooler zone, it is a good time to prune back as azalea puts out a strong growth after flowering.
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