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Nice. I have one ive been thinking about hacking back to the trunk and starting over. Did you cut this one back? How long ago?
 
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I did, in February....it didnt like it.....should have waited till summer.
I may get a wild hair and cut mine back this weekend. Already thinking about the limited space ill have under lights this winter and the canopy takes up more space than any other tropicals I have.
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Today....the branches I cut back to are beginning to extend nicely, without pushing new crotch shoots like 2 times previously this year.....that's a WIN!......😎
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When you originally chopped it back, did you chop back to a branch? Or did you chop back to bare trunk?
 

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No scale insects!!! Awesome!!!! These lil' jerks won't go away this year.

Looks nice and healthy :cool:
 

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No scale insects!!! Awesome!!!! These lil' jerks won't go away this year.

Looks nice and healthy :cool:
Thanks Lance!
2 years in a row with no pests inside over winter...also the first 2 years in the new house.
Conditions in the basement are on the cooler side, but consistent, and working well.
 

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The WLF stalled out in January and I think was staying too wet it that pot, with that particular soil mix. It may have just needed a yearly break as well....at any rate I repotted a few weeks ago, into something a bit larger that I had on hand, with a chunkier soil mix, topped with sphagnum.
New leaves are emerging!
So I thinned a couple branches and wired it.
So far, my master plan is working with this tree....which was to prune the first branches while young, and build some bifurcation from the beginning.
I'll let this run now until the wire need to be removed, and reassess.
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The WLF stalled out in January and I think was staying too wet it that pot, with that particular soil mix. It may have just needed a yearly break as well....at any rate I repotted a few weeks ago, into something a bit larger that I had on hand, with a chunkier soil mix, topped with sphagnum.
New leaves are emerging!
So I thinned a couple branches and wired it.
So far, my master plan is working with this tree....which was to prune the first branches while young, and build some bifurcation from the beginning.
I'll let this run now until the wire need to be removed, and reassess.
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Mine sits like the dead most of the winter. It's just starting to wake up. Nice chunky base on yours.
 

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Mine sits like the dead most of the winter. It's just starting to wake up. Nice chunky base on yours.
same...this was my first winter with this species. Sat there leafless all winter in the window where my other ficus - tiger bark and benjamina - kept pushing new growth all through winter.

I’d just about given up on it, but now seems to be waking up...
 

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I was sure mine were goners but they are coming back now for the last few weeks. Next winter I am not going to fuss over them. I will put them in a cooler part of my basement with less light.
 

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same...this was my first winter with this species. Sat there leafless all winter in the window where my other ficus - tiger bark and benjamina - kept pushing new growth all through winter.

I’d just about given up on it, but now seems to be waking up...
I wonder if it has to do with what happens in the previous summer....
Maybe....
 
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