Classifieds and Group Buys forum: Fiddle-leaf Ficus plants reduced for ATP viewers - ONLY THREE AVAILABLE

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 14, 2012 1:03 PM CST
These three fiddleleaf ficus (fig) plants are approximately 18-26" tall and are rooted in on gal. pots. I just sold two on eBay for $24.95 + $14.95 shipping for each plant. I will sell each plant to ATP friends for $19.95 + shipping. These plants go fast, so if you have wanted a fiddleleaf but haven't been able to find any, now is your chance. I only have a handful of fiddleleafs for sale during the fall and again during the spring. Buy more than one, and get an even better price and save on shipping.

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Name: Michael Hicks
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chefmike92
Sep 15, 2012 6:27 PM CST
how fast do they grow? will the branch naturally or do you need to pinch top?
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 16, 2012 11:58 AM CST
Hi, Mike. My "mother" plant grows approximately 2' per year. I either cut her branches or air-layer them in the spring and then again in the fall, removing those two feet. I have to keep her trimmed down to 7' tall so that I can get her into my enclosed porch each fall, to overwinter there. All my plants that I have obtained by rooting or air-layering have been sold each time they are listed, so I have never been able to keep one of those "pups". Given time, these plants, which are trees, will branch, but I would pinch the tips off each spring and again in the fall to encourage branching if one wanted a bushier plant. I will send you a "tree-mail" about the fiddleleafs. Not good news.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 17, 2012 11:09 AM CST
I only have two fiddleleaf ficus plants left.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 19, 2012 12:02 PM CST
I see Ficus lyrata for sale quite often at our Home Depot garden centers here in Florida, I guess it's a pretty common plant down here. I just put a 6' one out to the curb with our garbage last Friday along with a large Asparagus Sprengeri ... someone took both of them before the garbage truck arrived so I guess it's true that one man's trash is another's treasure! Smiling My plant had gotten ratty looking and I got tired of cutting it back so decided to let it go by the wayside. I have a small one grown from a cutting of the original plant. The cuttings root rather easily.

Ken: Your plants are very healthy looking ... beautifully grown! You should add a couple of your photo's to the database: Fiddle-leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Sep 19, 2012 12:17 PM CST
Lin (and others) - you know when you click on a picture it will have a caption that says 'propose this image to the database'.... very handy and I've used it regularly when I see a nice shot posted.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 19, 2012 12:54 PM CST
Oh, Thank you Hetty ... I totally forgot about that feature!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 19, 2012 5:36 PM CST
You are so lucky, Plantladylin, to have fiddleleaf's available at big box stores. That apparently does not happen anywhere else in America. Would you mind telling me what a fiddleleaf at a big box store such as Home Depot costs? Of course for me, I am glad they seem to be so rare that buyers buy out what limited supply I have each time I offer them. Ken
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 19, 2012 6:43 PM CST
Ken: I don't remember for sure what the price was the last time I saw them but I think it was $19.98 for a decent sized plant. The Home Depot website has them listed as Ficus pandurata (which is a synonym for F. lyrata) and their on-line price is $16.98: http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Garden-Center-Plants-Bulbs...

I think Delray plants is a wholesale nursery in South Florida that sells to garden centers and big box stores.

The Ficus lyrata is prevalent in the southern part of the state of Florida where they get very large! My sister and brother in law who live in the Fort Lauderdale area had a huge and beautiful specimen growing in their backyard that they ended up cutting down a couple of years ago! I almost fainted when she told me they couldn't stand it anymore because it took up so much space! I told her I knew of many people who would have loved a bunch of those cuttings.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 19, 2012 8:29 PM CST
Yeah, after all, they are still trees. I guess my prices are fair, about the same as what the big box stores sell, and my plants are generally 18-32" tall. Of course, I have to ship them, which costs more. I have great difficulty in rooting them and have gone to air-layering instead. Perhaps you have a secret that you would share. Ken
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 20, 2012 7:29 AM CST
Ken, I took cuttings and moistened the ends, dusted them with rooting hormone powder and then stuck them in a well draining potting medium. I then placed the pots in a heavily shaded corner of the backyard and would check every so often to see if they were rooted. I use a mixture of Miracle Grow potting soil and Orchid Bark Mix for just about everything I grow, with more bark mix than soil. Some cuttings would take and others wouldn't but I had a pretty decent success rate.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 20, 2012 11:53 AM CST
You root them pretty much the same as I do. Over the years, I doubt I have had 50% success in rooting these fiddleleaf cuttings whereas I have close to 100% success when rooting plumeria cuttings. For plumeria, I use either 100% coarse perlite or a mix of 50% perlite and 50% fine fir bark. It seems to make little difference with plumeria. Now that I air-layer the branches, my succsss rate is close to 90%, but it can still take 2-3 months to get a rooted branch. Ken
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 20, 2012 5:37 PM CST
drdawg said:My succsss rate is close to 90%, but it can still take 2-3 months to get a rooted branch.

Wow, 2-3 months? You must have a lot of patience. The older I get, the less patience I have ... the cuttings would be in the compost pile if I had to wait 2-3 months to see roots forming. Green Grin!

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chefmike92
Sep 20, 2012 6:06 PM CST
have you tried bottom heat?? it is the key for a lot of root formation in plants!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 20, 2012 8:21 PM CST
No I haven't tried bottiom heat, Mike. With summertime temperatures in the 90's and 100's, and nighttime temperatures in the upper 70's and often 80's, I never considered using a heating pad to elevate the temperature. Also, I don't know how I could apply any heat to air-layering, since I no longer try to root fiddleleaf cuttings. Rooting fiddleleafs is just different than rooting plumerias.
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Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
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chefmike92
Sep 20, 2012 8:43 PM CST
i found one of them at home depot i spent 22.95 for a 5 ft and cut it in to 4 pieces and dipped in extra strength rooting hormone (they make different strengths) set on heat mat at 90deg under 14 hrs grow light 4 weeks have roots. they require warm temps 24/7 now I did this in to 4 " pots and small pieces but rooted before my plumeria!!

now start looking for them they are all over here and several nursery do it that way in the green houses the tree grower i got those for you showed me that and he is producing 100 at a time now!!!

they can not with stand the infrared heat from my garage so i will be issuing you a refund for those dead plants and sorry it didn't work out but we gave it a try the key to it was to not allow them to get that type of heat with out air flow i know that now but if they are easier then plumeria for me i might just have a new end ever!!

refund to come by the weekend paypal needs to clear bank transfer.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 21, 2012 6:14 AM CST
Your rooting ideas intrigue me. I may just give that a try this fall/winter when I can no longer ship and things begin to slow down, go dormant. That being said, if commercial growers are beginning to root them en masse, I may not have a viable market for them in the future. So far, I have never seen a fiddleleaf sold in anything but a high-end garden nursery, and extremely seldom even then. If they begin showing up in big box stores outside of S. Florida, I know the days of my shipping them will pretty much be over.

I am so sorry the fiddleleafs did not make it. I still have one with a chance but the rest are kaput. I always have believed that one learns more from his mistakes than he does from his successes, so we will just label this a "learning experience" and move on. Ken
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