October 2012

Ficus Nerifolia Semi Cascade

I got this beautiful Ficus Nerifolia off this really good bloke up on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year ,

and have been staring at it daily and wondering just which direction to take with it. There were a couple of decent scars which were healing quite well and a very decent sacrifice branch growing right near the base to aid in the fattening process. Anyway, a few of weeks ago this tree had dropped most of it’s leaves, being semi deciduous, and new movement told me sap was flowing, so I go my thoughts together and came up with this….

The tree is around 12 inches tall with a 6 inch base, and 22inches wide. I’ve cut most of the growing tips to encourage back budding which is already working with an abundance of buds popping back closer to the trunk. Cant wait for this one to fully leaf up again. I’ve also done an approach graft on the first branch on the left….. (the original sacrifice branch) it lacked any foliage near the trunk and there was this small stray branch nearby, so I thought I’d cut a groove and strap it in.


before styling


After styling


Approach Graft of a handy branch to an area on the cascade branch void of shoots.


A virtual done by my mate Rod of the finished silouhette


Update pic….12/12/12


April 10th 2013 wire removed  and before light trim

April 10th 2013
wire removed and before light trim

Nerifolia_10-4-13 after
UPDATE December 6th 2013
Defoliated my large F.Nerifolia today and gave it a light trim and some wire.

Trying to decide if I need this lower left branch or not. It used to be much longer and was more a semi cascade feel but end of last season shortened it back to here.

But for some reason, today I’m looking to remove it altogether….. what are your thoughts?

Obviously a different pot would be needed to suit the new style.

Before shot

Before shot

After defoliation, a light trim, and wire.

After defoliation, a light trim, and wire.

Decided to do a quick virt removing the lower left branch, which was initially grown as a sacrifice branch to give some weight to the base, but decided to leave it on for the time being and incorporated it into the initial design. Should it stay or should it go? This is the burning question.

branch removed virt

branch removed virt


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