Ficus nerifolia with holey root base

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Snagged this one off eBay last week. Shipped in the cold from Florida to Indiana. Sent on a Monday and it arrived on a Thursday. It was packed in a bunch of styrofoam peanuts with no heating packets or anything, but it hasn't missed a beat so far. Yeah, I realize the base is weird and there is a big chunk of reverse taper where the aerial root was allowed to grow. I think it has character though. I'm gonna think about which side to use as a front. I kind of like seeing the space between the original base and that thickened aerial root. But looking at the pictures the side that disguises the hole and reverse taper probably looks the best.


Ficus salicifolia / nerifolia by Charles_Willis, on Flickr


Ficus salicifolia / nerifolia by Charles_Willis, on Flickr


Ficus salicifolia / nerifolia by Charles_Willis, on Flickr


Ficus salicifolia / nerifolia by Charles_Willis, on Flickr

Potential front?


Ficus salicifolia / nerifolia by Charles_Willis, on Flickr


Ficus salicifolia / nerifolia by Charles_Willis, on Flickr


It looks like it's planted in straight turface. I'm going to let it be for now. Eventually I will repot it into a better mix, probably pumice and lava rock 50/50 that a couple of my other willow leafs are in. They seem to like it quite a bit.

Any advice or opinions welcome. :cool:
 

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I think both the "holey" front as well as what you labeled as the potential front would look great. I would probably lean more towards the holey side as it is different and unique.
 

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I was actually tempted by this guy because of the possibilities. I'm a sucker for interesting root cuttings, so I would remove the thickened root to make a separate tree. Then I would really play with the planting angles of the tree to see what opportunities present themselves. I think this tree could have some crazy movement.

If you want to keep the root, then I would use the first potential front since it shows the nebari the best. Then I would prune the top to create more movement.
 

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If this is mine, I'd chop this and plant the 2 root tubers separately. As it is, it doesn't appeal to me...looks like Ginseng ficus w/ Nerifolia grafted on it. Sorry.

BTW, the roots grow easily.
 
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I gotta say that the 2 roots kinda bother me as well...
I think I would either remove and plant the root making another tree.
Or, bind them so they fuse together.
 

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I vote for the last picture being the potential front AND binding those roots together :cool:

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I like that virt, Ryan, but I chose something different. I wanted to get it out of the turface it was planted in, so I decided that I would rather do it sooner than later. Upon repotting into half lava half pumice, I picked a new planting angle.


Ficus salicifolia / nerifolia new potting angle by Charles_Willis, on Flickr


Ficus salicifolia / nerifolia new potting angle by Charles_Willis, on Flickr

I think the semi cascade style is a good choice for this tree. Of course I still have the reverse taper bulge to deal with. I am thinking about cutting a piece out of it like a pie slice then cinching it back together with raffia or tape to heal back together. And I have that long piece of trunk that is pretty straight. That will eventually need cut back and grown back out I think.
 

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Nice!! I really like the new angle. Keep us posted with this one.
 

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Update on this one. I put it into a slightly larger pot a few weeks ago and it responded with new growth. I had Adam Lavigne at my house a few days ago and he helped me choose a front and wire it out. He did the wiring.
 

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Very cool! I like it a lot - I think it's going to have a great future. Definitely keep us posted with this one.
 

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I like the new angle a lot! And I think you may not need to worry with either the reverse taper (not sure I can see it) nor the straight section. With a good mop of foliage, which should continue to develop, both flaws could well be hidden. After repotting and changing the angle, I'd let it rip for another year and feed it will and see where you end up then. I suspect with some judicious thinning, you will have a very distinctive tree. And after all, you dont need what everyone else has, right?
 

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I like the new angle a lot! Something different!
Have you done a virtual????
If you are going for an apex on it, maybe to bend the first a bit more back before going up.
BTW, I love a good cascade....for me it is tops. Something for you to enjoy looking at.
 

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I had Adam Lavigne at my house a few days ago and he helped me choose a front and wire it out. He did the wiring.
Also, I meant to say that it's awesome that you had Adam over to help style your tree. His blog is a trip and I've learned a lot from it. He's currently caring for my large ficus that I got a little chop-happy with before I learned patience. I plan to keep it with him for a couple of years so it can recover and gain its vigor back before touching it again.
 

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I like the way Adam styled this tree, its very much his style. Always enjoy reading his blog.
I think you found th best angle for this one, its got a nice little future ahead:D
 

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Adam is a good guy and really knows his stuff. He also helped me style (basically he styled) a couple big junipers I had as well. I love his blog and it always inspires me.
 

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I really like the direction you are going with this tree.

Eric
 

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