Advise for a newbie

Jodipyl16

Seed
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
1AA71ECB-CB8B-4685-9CA0-F177FE81DF04.jpegHello, my husband gave me this we’re not sure what type it is and it’s really tall and has long roots starting to come out of the bottom. I don’t know what to do to prune it and I’m nervous lol please help.
 

Forsoothe!

Imperial Masterpiece
Messages
6,878
Reaction score
9,045
Location
Michigan
USDA Zone
6b
If you want it to be compact, cut off the trunk just above the 4th branch (1st branch on the right as pictured). Cut back all the remaining branches to the most interior leaf, or to a point with leaves that you like the look of. Put the tree outdoors in full sun and water every day it doesn't rain. In the future, keep branches/stems/twigs compact by clipping off the lead leaf/bud and one or two more leaves towards the trunk any time the stem exceeds the canopy boundaries you have set in your mind's eye. Occasionally, it will become too crowded in the interior, thin by removing crossing branches/stems/twigs in favor of those that are attractively arranged. Remember that it will re-grow something, somewhere in response to anything you remove, so even when you do it wrong, -and learn what not to do, it will forgive you.
 

Cypress187

Masterpiece
Messages
2,721
Reaction score
1,768
Location
Netherland
USDA Zone
8b
It's not very vigorous, you should only repot it and let it grow better. When it's growing give it fertilizer. Next year you could try do some work / pruning on it.
 

Forsoothe!

Imperial Masterpiece
Messages
6,878
Reaction score
9,045
Location
Michigan
USDA Zone
6b
Yeah. Look at it for a year...
 

Michael P

Chumono
Messages
805
Reaction score
1,115
Location
Dallas, Texas, AHS heat zone 9
USDA Zone
8a
Agreed!

Ideally, repot it into good soil and put it outside in the shade, gradually moving it into more sun. Please add your location in your profile. Obviously you can't put it outside if the weather isn't warm enough where you are.
 

LittleDingus

Omono
Messages
1,380
Reaction score
2,437
Location
Chicago, Illinois
USDA Zone
5
Open your profile and add your growing zone and a nearby major metro and people will see that to the left of every pots...it really helps with more climate oriented advice.

For example, not mentioned above, this is a tropical tree. Full sun and high humidity are its friends :) BUT, it shouldn't ever see freezing temps. Below 40F can cause problems...some might say below 50F even: it really depends on the duration. It will need to come inside in the winter depending on your area. They can survive a little lower light for the winter, but they often shut down growth and may even lose most of their foliage. A South window or supplemental lights or both for the winter is best.

...and welcome to the forum :D
 

Michael P

Chumono
Messages
805
Reaction score
1,115
Location
Dallas, Texas, AHS heat zone 9
USDA Zone
8a
Sorry, meant to add that it looks like a Ficus microcarpa a.k.a. tiger bark fig, one of the easiest tropical species for bonsai. Good luck!
 

YamadoriFL

Mame
Messages
149
Reaction score
327
Location
Florida
USDA Zone
10b
Looks like a tiger bark ficus. What’s your location?
 

sorce

Nonsense Rascal
Messages
31,803
Reaction score
43,681
Location
Berwyn, Il
USDA Zone
6.2
Welcome to Crazy!

Sorce
 

Similar threads

Top Bottom