Progress on a Willow Leaf Ficus

Redwood Ryan

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Hey everyone,



I thought I would share the progression of another Willow Leaf Ficus I have in my possession. I've had it since April 27, 2011, so this is the progress thus far.

First purchased from an online source:





Rootball before work:


Rootball after work:


Repotted:





I then chopped the tree and it backbudded like crazy:
 

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I then pruned the branches, but left the future ones:



And here it is today:




Thoughts/comments always welcome.
 

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I was recently thinking about a trunk chop myself but was curious about the way to develop an apex. When you have a group of branches at the top all growing in a cluster like you do in your last picture how exactly do you go about picking a leader/ developing taper and hiding the cut?

All in all nice progression in my opinion :]

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I was recently thinking about a trunk chop myself but was curious about the way to develop an apex. When you have a group of branches at the top all growing in a cluster like you do in your last picture how exactly do you go about picking a leader/ developing taper and hiding the cut?

All in all nice progression in my opinion :]

Thanks.

Thanks Engineer!

What I'll do with that cluster here shortly is just determine which branch would be the best leader and cut the others away. The best way to avoid a situation like this is just to not let it happen. Pinch off the buds that you don't think will be the main leader. When you've got multiple branches coming from one spot they tend to create a bulge which looks awful. So I'll just select the branch that best hides the scar in the back and that seems to be growing the best.
 

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