Large Port Jackson Ficus Root over Rock

I acquired this monster ficus off a good friend of mine who was the second owner. He had purchased it from a bonsai nursery some years earlier from the nursery owners private stash of projects I think, and I believe it was placed on the rock over 30 yrs ago. I’m not sure what type of rock it is, but I can tell you it is about the size of a bowling ball and weighs a TON !!!!! It came to me in a 20inch diameter nursery tub, and took the 2 of us to load it in the back of my car, so moving this thing around has had its’ challenges over the past couple of years.
Anyway, here are some pics of its progression to date.

History pic #1 from prior owner Sept.1st 2009

History pic #1 from prior owner Sept.1st 2009

History pic #2 from prior owner Nov. 2010

History pic #2 from prior owner Nov. 2010

First wiring October 2012

First wiring October 2012

I  have left this branch at the apex to run and it will be used as the new leader once it has reached the correct thickness to improve the lack of taper. It will also speed up the healing of a large chop scar at the back directly behind it.

March 2013 By the end of summer the new leader had grown to just under a meter high.

March 2013 By the end of summer the new leader had grown to just under a meter high.

November 2013 Time to chop the new leader back.

November 2013 Time to chop the new leader back.

Lots of feed and one season later and the new leader has reached about an inch or so in diameter. Just right for the first chop, and a few cuttings will be had as well…. all perfect genetics for branch grafts if needed. The new shoot will also be allowed to grow untouched, until it gets to about half an inch, then it will get pruned back to complete stage 2 taper, ready for the final piece of the new leader. This should easily be achieved this growing season.

All potted up.... Now if I can just lift it without doing an injury.

All potted up…. Now if I can just lift it without doing an injury.

Front view after potting and some tweaking.

Front view after potting and some tweaking.

Rear view

Rear view

More updates later this summer.

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