Sumo Shohin Ficus benjamina 'Kiki'

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Hello,


Hmmm could've sworn I shared this one with you all, but guess not. This fat guy was given to me from a good friend for a birthday present April 19th. So far it's grown like a weed under my care. I haven't really decided on which branches to keep though, having a difficult time with that. I did trim it up some today though:

But here it is after cutting it back some and removing some branches that grew toward the viewer (btw, that is an aerial root coming at the camera):



I had to uproot it from the aquarium :D :


The carnage, which I plan on using to cover that gap, once these root:


Some leaves started returning back to normal size:


And the normal 'Kiki' size:
 

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Oh Jerry, I didn't know you were a member of this site! Interesting. Anyway, I flipped the tree around, like Jerry advised, and made the old back the current front. Here it is after some thinning and the selection of a new leader:


 

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Update: This thing has grown like a weed over the past few months. I'm considering a big change in it, however. Here it is now:


Here is what I'm thinking of doing with it. I would tilt the tree to the left and make a branch on the right the new leader, dramatically increasing taper and movement. Anyone have any input on this?
 

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So, here is how the tree would look:

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Still haven't made an exact decision, but am thinking about styling it like my attached virted picture below...
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it looks like it has a face on it in that first picture
 

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