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Author:  shango [ 13 Mar 2010, 19:10 ]
Post subject:  Ficus Repot

I have had my ficus since May last year so have now repotted it in cat litter.

Tree before repotting


On removing the old soil i found that the tree had a different shape than what i expected. I'm sure someone can tell me what the correct term used to describe it is.


I repotted the tree to expose a small gap between the trunks.



Does that seem alright?

Author:  John M [ 13 Mar 2010, 19:21 ]
Post subject:  Re: Ficus Repot

Shango - welcome to WeeTrees! Your Ficus as originally potted looks to me to be in very wet and heavy water-retentive soil. The rootstock is obviously sodden, and has a very disappointing lack of roots - is this because there was nothing there, or did you prune the rootpad drastically? I notice also that your repot seems to be in cat-litter-type substrate, much coarser and more granular. If that is so, it will do the tree enormous good. I think your chosen position for the repot is excellent - a very successful project! All you need to do now is give it a season in the catlit, feed and water it, and then see what the roots will look like! I'm betting you will get a much richer rootpad of fibrous roots as the tree slowly realises it is in seventh heaven.

Cheers! SJ.

Author:  shango [ 13 Mar 2010, 19:34 ]
Post subject:  Re: Ficus Repot

I was a member on the previous site and have been reading most of the topics here since December when i got the email about the new site.
The roots were like that when i removed the soil i only trimmed a few of the longer roots.....not enough courage to remove too much.
Is repotted in the Tesco cat litter.
Thanks for your reply

Author:  jamie [ 13 Mar 2010, 21:26 ]
Post subject:  Re: Ficus Repot

sorry i cant agree on the repot position i think it is to high, leaving that gap looks a bit od to me, i would be putting it back lower and growing a new nebari for it, being a fig this will happen very easy, i think first of just get it back down in the pot and let it grow unchecked for a season, next season take it out and inspect the roots, by then you should have a new system that will support what i have to say next.. those two leg like roots need removal and new root spread grown, it is quite distracting the way it is, otherwise the tree looks quite healthy and should do fine. the basic structure is there and in the next few seasons will come along well :D

hope this gives you some ideas, im not having a dig at the tree, just being honest bout it, sorry if it offends you :?

jamie :D

Author:  Steve [ 13 Mar 2010, 21:38 ]
Post subject:  Re: Ficus Repot

Did you tie it into that pot? It's going to need some stabilization for a while.

Author:  jamie [ 13 Mar 2010, 21:55 ]
Post subject:  Re: Ficus Repot

to be honest i felt bad saying it... the thing is if it is not said then habits can be built. sorry.

i rock or something to fill it now and let it recover and get strong again before dealing with the nebari would be the way to go i think.
being a fig in your climate you need to get as much growth on it as possible, a hot house would be ideal but i get the feeling this is probably an indoor tree, so as bright as possible of sun light and good feeding and watering, with a humidity tray to encourage it will do it a world of good, come next season and you can pull it up then i would address the roots.

jamie :D

Author:  John M [ 14 Mar 2010, 17:18 ]
Post subject:  Re: Ficus Repot

Seeing Jamie's comment made me realise he is right. What bons'eye'....

Leaving it in the pot for a season is definitely good, I agree, but Steve is right - it does need stabilising i.e. wiring in. SJ.

Author:  shango [ 14 Mar 2010, 19:12 ]
Post subject:  Re: Ficus Repot

Thanks for the honest comments.
You guys are the experts.
I have wired the tree into position and it seems to be holding in position firmly.
Shall i add more cat litter to block the hole or shall i try and find a stone instead?

Author:  Furrag [ 14 Mar 2010, 23:10 ]
Post subject:  Re: Ficus Repot

When I have roots like that, I tend to stick moss in there as a short-term solution. Others on here detest moss, and find it too much labour to remove it. I cultivate moss on a thin bed of soil, but can't for the life of me keep it alive on a granular surface. Within 4 weeks, it shakes its death rattle at me in which it has to be replaced!

Author:  jamie [ 15 Mar 2010, 02:58 ]
Post subject:  Re: Ficus Repot

i am glad you tookmy comments the right way shango :D you will end up with a much better tree in time ;)

furrag, be very cautious using moss on your trees all the time, moss is generally only used for shows as if you are keeping moss alive on your bonsai then it is to moist and will be a danger to the tree,, from what you are saying though it doesnt seem you are keeping it alive so it should be ok.
moss can be a harbour point for pests and fungus, they love it.

jamie ;)

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