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Pruning Ficus Ginseng 2 months 3 weeks ago #82345

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Hello,

I have a Ficus Ginseng which is now around 30 years old but I have not been good on pruning and it has gone a little 'wild'.

I would like to prune it back to create a fuller, compact look but I am concerned it will be very bare for a long period of time.

I have attached a picture, would really appreciate your views.

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Darren

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Pruning Ficus Ginseng 2 months 3 weeks ago #82348

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30 years old ficus ginseng, wow! I did not even knew they have been in production that long. The first ones here showed up some 15-20 years ago.

Ficus in this health is strong plants and can take a lot of pruning. Even to the point when all leafs are gone, back to a basic structure. Obviously it takes a while to fill in after.

Your other option is to start cutting new growth off a few times a year. That will stimulate backbudding and new more compact branches. After a wile one can start removing unproportional branches.

It is more or less two ways to reach similar goals. A more proportional , compact and ramified tree. The first option is bigger risk, looks ugly meanwhile and takes longer time, but have potential to grow a much better tree.

The second option will be faster, look better meantime but risk to be a slightly lower quality tree.

This is the debate we all have inside. Building a fairly good tree in least amount of time or a fantastic one in a distant future?

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Pruning Ficus Ginseng 2 months 3 weeks ago #82349

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Thanks very much for your help. I am not sure ow old my tree is, but I have had it for 15 years and when I bought it, it was quite large (i.e. 20cm high with a good trunk, so I guess it was another 10-15 years old when I purchased it.... could be wrong).

I think I will try and trim it right back and leave a few leaves on the branches to hopefully stimulate good growth for the future. Assume if I trim a branch below the leaf line, it will still produce leaves in the future? I guess not guaranteed though...

Really appreciate your views.

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I think I will try and trim it right back and leave a few leaves on the branches to hopefully stimulate good growth for the future. Assume if I trim a branch below the leaf line, it will still produce leaves in the future? I guess not guaranteed though...


Excactly. I do not guarantee anything and bear no responsibility for any harm done to your tree following my advices :)

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