< p>In bonsai we use image editing software that allows us to look at the future of trees. We call these" virts" which is short for virtual. So, I thought I'd show you all a virt that was made for my large Ficus. If I could create a tree that looks like this virt, I'd be blown away. I'm going to try to, at least.
Haven't posted in a couple of months. Yesterday I received a huge Ficus microcarpa from a friend down in LA. This guy stands two feet tall, has a two foot canopy, and has a base of 8 inches. Thought I'd just share it with you all and answer any questions/comments you all may have.
This is my latest tree that I have purchased. It's an 8 inch tall Willow Leaf Ficus. I plan on repotting it once it starts growing again and working on the roots and ramification. Feel free to leave any questions, comments, etc.
Way back in June of 2011 I went to California with my parents as a high school graduation gift. I just realized that I never shared the pictures with you all. So, here are some shots I took. These were taken at Yosemite National Park and Sequioa National Forest. These first few were taken at a zoo in San Francisco:
That's all for now, there may be more to come later on. Hope you all enjoyed these!
With indoor growing there is always a question about how much light should I give my trees and what kind of light do I grow them under. I'm here to hopefully clear things up for anyone with questions like that.
Many people think that growing plants indoors next to a "bright" window will give more than enough light to their plants. However, that is not true. Artificial light is always best when it is possible to be used. What kind of artificial light? I've gotten the best results from fluorescent lights, and the best fluorescent I've found to use is T5 lighting. There are 3 kind of T lightbulbs: T12, T8, and T5. I've used T8 lighting to grow some of my trees, and the results are nowhere near as powerful as T5 lighting. T5 is more output and brighter lighting.
A typical T5 light price varies. I have two four foot, four bulb T5 lights, each costing $130, and a two foot, two bulb light costing $60. The growth you receive from the lights, however, makes it all worth it.
Hopefully you all have learned a little bit of something from this. Growing under lights is not only great for growing trees indoors, but it's also very useful for getting a jumpstart on your vegetables and herbs.
When growing tropical trees such as Ficus indoors, you must give them the best growing setup possible. The light must be adequate, the temerature must be warm, and the humidity must be high in order for the plants to thrive. So today I set off on constructing something like that, and ended up with this setup below. I used PVC pipe to hang a four foot, four bulb T5 light above the plants. Then enclosed the sides and top with PVC. Just thought I would share with you all.
Enclosed the frame in foil (to reflect light):
And plants underneath the light, ready to grow!
I'll adjust it as the days go by, I just thought you all would like to see what I've done so far.
I bought another Willow Leaf Ficus last Saturday and it arrived a few days ago. It stands about 17 inches tall and has a base of 3 inches. Here are some pictures:
My plans. I cut it back to what is seen in the picture. I will then cut the branch on the right all the way off. By cutting that branch off I will get buds in the orange area. I will take one of those buds and make it the new leader, which is the blue arrow in the picture. Once that branch grows larger I'll remove the branch on the left and be left with a tiny, powerful tree:
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