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pollygaino
Mar 1, 2016 12:48 PM CST
I want my Ficus to get fuller, how do I do that?
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purpleinopp
Mar 1, 2016 1:12 PM CST
Hi & welcome! That can be discussed theoretically or, if you are able to add a pic to the discussion, specifically in regard to your plant.
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2016 1:27 PM CST
Welcome!

Ficus take great to pruning but I don't want to give you advice until I see your plant and know how large it is. I am attaching a photo of my Ficus, age 25 years. I couldn't convince the cat to sit in the pot (something she would normally be doing if I didn't want her to) but the plant is 4 1/2 feet tall. I prune the tree and also the roots.


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drdawg
Mar 1, 2016 2:45 PM CST
Yes, there are lots of ficus, such as that great-looking Benjamina and my 25+ year old Fiddle Leaf with her eight "trunks". She has never been root-trimmed and has been in the same pot for ten or so years. She's had lots of branch-trimming though.

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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2016 5:54 PM CST
That's a nice plant Ken. What is it doing in the second photo?

I have root pruned mine twice when I was re-potting. The top gets pruned all the time. And turned every time I water it as it only gets light from that window (faces east).

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 1, 2016 5:57 PM CST
The second photo shows the 8 "trunks". This plant started out its life as a tiny, twiggy, seedling (as they all do). I would probably need a jack hammer to dislodge this sweet lady from her 24" diameter pot. The wads of sphagnum moss you might have noticed is my air-layering branches.
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DaisyI
Mar 1, 2016 6:35 PM CST
Mine was started from a cutting. My father-in-law grew it as a gift to my mother. I think he probably took a branch off his and stuck it in a jar of water - its the way he starts everything. Smiling

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