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Ficus from nursery stock 9 months 1 week ago #32851

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Smossoo wrote: I just defoliated this little 'Bonsai in training' to get smaller leaves. ..also wired it. Reminds me of a 'Tree of Life'. I know it has one long branch but I am hesitate to trim it to match the branch on the other side .... I need some advice please. It is in a make-shift Bonsai dish for now. . Thank you in advance ...


You should be working on ramification / branch placement / trunk etcetera before trying to get smaller leaves.
I don't understand why you removed all foliage, except at the tips?


Partial defoliation. Works with boxwood, I am not sure about ficus. Basically you remove all the leaves but the top, then dormant buds wake up and ramify into secondary branches. Right under all leaves there is a dormant bud, waiting for the right moment to branch out. I didn't know that until this year! makes working with boxwood so much easier....
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Ficus from nursery stock 9 months 1 week ago #32869

eangola wrote: then dormant buds wake up and ramify into secondary branches. Right under all leaves there is a dormant bud, waiting for the right moment to branch out. I didn't know that until this year!


I on the other hand am quite aware of this. However, why leave the foliage at the end of the branches?

www.bonsaiempire.com/basics/styling/advanced/defoliation
www.bonsaihunk.us/Defoliatingfigs.html
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Auk wrote:

eangola wrote: then dormant buds wake up and ramify into secondary branches. Right under all leaves there is a dormant bud, waiting for the right moment to branch out. I didn't know that until this year!


I on the other hand am quite aware of this. However, why leave the foliage at the end of the branches?

www.bonsaiempire.com/basics/styling/advanced/defoliation
www.bonsaihunk.us/Defoliatingfigs.html


www.bonsai4me.com/SpeciesGuide/Buxus%20Indepth%20page%202.html

For boxwood I don't think they do well is you remove the entire foliage. For ficus? no clue :lol:. Better chances of recovery? maybe? idk seems like one of those things some people just do, might be true might be not.
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Ficus from nursery stock 9 months 1 week ago #32891

eangola wrote: For boxwood I don't think they do well is you remove the entire foliage. For ficus? no clue :lol:. Better chances of recovery? maybe? idk seems like one of those things some people just do, might be true might be not.


I guess boxwood is an exception
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Ficus from nursery stock 9 months 1 week ago #32901

Thnak you for the links .... a lot of good information.
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Ficus from nursery stock 9 months 1 week ago #32917

@Auk : I saw a couple of videos of adam ask why and he usually defoliates ficuses this way , i dont know why tho .
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