Ficus benjamina #1

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Picked up this big benjamina, and promptly cut it.

I know that benjamina stink when it comes to budding on the trunk, so I left a few leaves at the top, as well as that super low branch. I would love to get something between the two, but I’m not holding my breath. If needed, I’ll cut the trunk low to that bottom branch.

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Wow..was that all done in one go? Looking forward to seeing your progress on this.
 

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@Kodama yes, all one shot. I don’t have a ton of room under the grow lights, so I want to see how it responds

@SockUnicorn if I don’t get more branching above that first branch, absolutely. I just think that first branch is going to leave me with the worlds biggest scar on the front with the best nebari. But if it comes to that, so be it. Ideally I’ll get some budding up the trunk a bit, so I can eventually remove that lower branch
 
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@Kodama yes, all one shot. I don’t have a ton of room under the grow lights, so I want to see how it responds

@SockUnicorn if I don’t get more branching above that first branch, absolutely. I just think that first branch is going to leave me with the worlds biggest scar on the front with the best nebari. But if it comes to that, so be it. Ideally I’ll get some budding up the trunk a bit, so I can eventually remove that lower branch

My bet, you will get a lot of new shoots to choose from, as long as it handles the root pruning okay. And I will guess the humidity in your area is pretty high outside right now.
 

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Well the shoots are definitely not in ideal spots. Two options:

1. give it a month and see if any more come out on the trunk before bringing it inside for the year.
2. Hack it again now and hope for the best.

Thoughts??

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My vote is chop now at first branch. The rest of the trunk adds very little design value and will waste energy the tree could use for growing more trunk and lower branches.

I’d chop that top and root it as a cutting.

these grow incredibly fast if you get them healthy.
 
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