Houseplants forum→Ficus Lyrata shaping/pruning

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Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
Jan 5, 2020 9:49 AM CST
it's time to do something with the shape of my FLF. My husband suggested cutting the top off, but I'm concerned about the shaping afterwards. I would like it to get as big and full as possible, even though it's one single stem. I admittedly over-potted it last spring, but have been careful about watering and so far so good. Attached are two photos: one of my tall FLF (this is not where it resides) and the other of what I would like to get it to look like.
I have read so many different things, some say to notch it ... wait for spring ... cut it whenever ... so I've come to my trusted fellow plant people for advice Smiling Smiling :smily: Smiling
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jan 5, 2020 10:00 AM CST
The plant in the second photo was taken from a larger rootstock that was already branching when it was propagated in the nursery greenhouse. Yours was taken from a single stem cutting. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to get yours to branch like the one below it.

You can control the height by taking a top cutting. That cutting might propagate as a second stem if inserted in the soil of the same pot. The original stem will then continue to grow upward starting from the point where you make the cut. Sometimes constant pinching out of new leaf growth at the end of the stem will cause it to produce a secondary branch at that point. But the only way to get fuller growth down below is to propagate new plants at the base.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
Jan 7, 2020 6:37 PM CST
Thanks Will!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jan 8, 2020 1:21 PM CST
Welcome!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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