African strangler fig II (Ficus natalensis)

Up until today’s post the entries on this blog have covered several years of development for each tree described. Today’s post will be different, covering one day of additional development for a tree whose prior development history I posted earlier this month (see the September 8 post for this tree).

After the September 8 entry I was dissatisfied with the long branches snaking out from the trunk. Today I decided to prune it back hard and repot. Although in many regions in the Northern Hemisphere it would be too late in the season to repot a ficus, in Southern California we still have two or three months of good growing weather with nighttime temperatures in the 50s and 60s so I think it will have time to recover.

The tree today after being pruned and repotted.

The tree this morning, resprouting after being defoliated earlier this month.

Branch-pruned.

Removed from pot.

Soil removed from root mass.

Root-pruned.

Pruned branches awaiting repotting.

Pruned branches potted in new soil.

Original trunk placement in pot, aquarium hose protecting roots from wire.

Repotted, branches with cut paste.

Back on the benches with rocks protecting the shallow root areas.

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