F. BENJAMINA: BANYAN BEGININGS

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Here's the start of a Banyan Style. Branch selection after winter.
 

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the front
 

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Airlayer removed early December.
January 23rd:
Tall trunk reduced today, some carving and thinning.
 

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What's up bro!
Glad to see you back!

Looking forward to seeing this thing thru summer!

Nice!

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What's up bro!
Glad to see you back!

Looking forward to seeing this thing thru summer!

Nice!

Sorce
Hey bud!
Did I see a Lemoore, CA pic in your last avatar?
I worked out there all last year...
 

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I thought you said you knew there!

That's my mom's husband's truck.

Glad you caught that!

Lol.

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It's ok to do rootwork / repotting ánd airlayer in 1 go? I thought both would weaken it.
 

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It's ok to do rootwork / repotting ánd airlayer in 1 go? I thought both would weaken it.
I think ficus are pretty tolerant of all kinds of work provided they are in good health and proper aftercare, especially if work is done 'out of season'. The airlayer that I separated in fall was moved onto a bench in my shower for the winter; the roots really took off and it produced aerial roots
 

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Thinned the canopy to encourage lower branch development. Large wounds will bridge and approach grafts in spring.
 

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1/15/2017 - Here is the layer I removed a year ago. I thinned it out in early fall. Now it's time to reduce one of the trunks. I used a key hole saw to remove and a dremel to carve. The edges were cleaned up with a grafting knife and cut paste was applied.
 

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A small mushroom; a healthy soil environment.
I think I'll put this in a large, flat growing container this spring.
 

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