This ficus has been on this outstanding container for..ahem..4 or 5 years, with out a repot. I’m unhappy to say it wants a much bigger pot. Unhappy as a result of I like the pot and the tree combo.
At present, I’m hanging out, promoting my wares and taking pictures the shit (as I’m identified to do) on the Brevard Zoo. No, I’m not becoming a member of the swamp ape exhibit as the primary dwelling specimen ….
…the Bonsai Society of Brevard has an annual present on the zoo, uh…yearly (I suppose that’s what “annual” means), and I’m right here (or there. Someday the tenses get blended up in my wandering and rambling prose type. I assume it provides taste and character. Some individuals say it drives them loopy. I say to these people who their madness was there already, and I simply exacerbated it, permitting it to blossom into the total blown psychotic episode that they’ve been ready for his or her entire lives. You see, some individuals want an excuse however we of lesser gods, we all know you don’t…..).
Above, now we have the native fauna, Floridanus nativitus, beneath, are some imported beasts, Giraffa camelopardalis.
And my spouse, or, as we name her on Da’ Weblog, “She Who Should Be Obeyed”; she’s from Indiana.
Now, since the place I’m, and what I’m doing, and I’ve gotten in sufficient bother with the spouse, let’s get again to the tree.
The job is to take away the tree from the pot.
For these “within the know”, it’s actually actually actually (actually) suggested towards potting a ficus in a pot that has an inwardly curving lip.
Ficus (I’m going to pronounce that the British approach, “Fick-us”, as I’m feeling all fancy proper now), make roots. Lotsa roots.
I’ve to usher in a extremely specialised (and imported) root cutter (and sod cutter too, I suppose, in the event you learn the deal with. However I simply don’t see myself on my knees, my face within the grass, slicing out items of sod).
However first, the inevitable cutback and defoliation.
You don’t have to see that half, simply scroll again to the a whole lot of articles I’ve written and by which I’ve described the method.
I’ll, nevertheless, word that this tree is the species normal Ficus microcarpa. And which means I go away just a little inexperienced on the ideas so there gained’t be dieback.
Now to the onerous half, eradicating the tree from the pot. First, minimize the tie down wires, on the underside and prime.
Then we begin slicing across the pots perimeter.
As proven beneath.
Not too onerous with that instrument. I often use a steak knife (which was stolen from The Sizzler Steakhouse and Buffet) however it’s at residence in The Ebook. The gentleman I’m talking with is Doug, The Hippie Dad.
Now to start the tree. One other video. Sure, I’m utilizing my scissors. They labored. I exploit my scissors for a lot of issues I’m not supposed to make use of them for.
Seems to be like a tortoise mouth, proper? And once more, that was Doug. Thanks for the muscle groups.
The pot was made by Daniel Holderer. He referred to as it “Cradle for Life”.
I’ll discover one thing else to place in in. It’s been container for this tree.
Now to rake out the roots.
It’s just a bit root certain.
I introduced three pots with me to select from. Two of these vintage Japanese pots with the bizarre inexperienced clay, and a lovely oval from my good friend Cesar Labrador.
The oval one’s too small…
….the rectangle one’s about proper, however the type is just too formal for my “Tropical Broom Fashion” ficus….
….ahhh, this one is good!
Some display screen, tie down wire….
And we’re performed.
Seems to be good again on the bench on the nursery.
Tropical Broom Fashion. I made that up years in the past however I believe it’s acceptable for this ficus. And every part was made up to start with anyway. Whoa! Wait! Thoughts blown! Proper? You imply you may simply make up issues?
Certainly you may, certainly you may….