The beginning of this trees story began here, click back and read through the old post. I’ll wait……………….
Here it is today:
Before I begin, I apologize to Tony; I’m not grilling anything today. I actually had Wendy’s for dinner. Kinda boring.
I have not trimmed it (except a little) since I wired it last.
As you might can tell.
My goal was branch thickening and, from the previous post, the experiment was to allow the branches to grow by not cutting the terminal buds.
I had a conversation about this with my friend Erik. He believes that letting it grow without cutting will make the branches thicken faster. He doesn’t use this technique himself, though, because he wants to have a good looking tree at all times.
Conversely, I usually let the trees grow and thicken without too much trimming. But, I suspect that trimming it might thicken a branch faster.
Think about it; the more ramification on a branch the more energy needs to go through the branch etc.
This time I will keep up on the trimming and we will know (at least with this ficus microcarpa) what works best.
Let’s remove the wire..
Of all the branches and their placement I’m still worried about this branch..
So, the question is; did my experiment cause branch thickening?
Here is a pic from the last post:
I would say yes. Did it work more than just the normal growth?
I’m not sure.
This time I’ll be keeping the tree in good form and we will be able to compare and contrast.
And now, the much anticipated “after” shots
(What does a baseball with a ficus and El Corillo Bonsai have to do with this update? I’m hoping that I’ll get an invite for a demo in Puerto Rico by showing that I’m a baseball fan, that I do tropical bonsai, and that I have an el corillo to watch my back. A little blatant but it might work.)
See ya’ soon!