My original African strangler fig (Ficus natalensis)

Similarly to the Tiger bark ficus described in the January 2019 post of this blog (see https://beginbonsai.net/2019/01/11/tiger-bark-ficus-ficus-microcarpa/), planting cuttings from this strangler fig have provided a number of new trees for me. One of these was the F. natalensis described at https://beginbonsai.net/2019/09/08/african-strangler-fig-ficus-natalensis/ and at https://beginbonsai.net/2019/09/28/african-strangler-fig-ii-ficus-natalensis/.

The parent tree arrived from Bonsai Collectibles in May of 2013.

March 17, 2020:
The tree today. Later this spring I will repot the tree and wire the trunks tightly together to try to get them to better fuse into a single trunk.
May 24, 2013:
The tree upon arrival.
October 9, 2013:
The tree at the end of its first summer of growth after purchase.
May 10, 2014:
First bare-rooting and repotting.
May 10,2014:
Lots of room for growth in its new pot.
March 10, 2015:
The tree beginning its second spring.
March 22, 2015:
Second repotting.
March 22, 2015:
I chopped the trunk into several parallel sections held together with tape and added rooting hormone to the chopped trunk bases.
October 25, 2015:
Tape replaced with raffia.
April 23, 2016:
Another spring repot.
April 23, 2016:
Aerial roots.
January 28, 2017:
Replaced the raffia.
May 13, 2017:
Annual root work and repotting.
May 13, 2017:
Nebari beginning to form from surface and aerial roots.
May 13, 2017:
The tree in new soil.
May 20, 2017:
Wiring the long branches. Eventually I may remove all of these but for now I am hoping they will thicken the trunks and encourage fusion.
June 22, 2017:
Wire removed after two months.
September 17, 2017:
Surface roots.
December 23, 2017:
The tree after nearly four years of development. Still a long way to go.
March 11, 2018
April 21, 2018:
Bare-rooted for spring repotting.
April 21, 2018:
Root-pruned.
March 17, 2020
Another view of the tree today.

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