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    • GORDON ALLERTONGORDON ALLERTON
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      Posted 15 months ago regarding this fig. Took advice and have fed well.
      Have removed some of the long, leggy growth that has spurred on a flush of new growth on the trunk and down low. Now looking healthy.
      Ready to cut back branches and root prune and repot.
      Not sure where to start.
      I have 100 cuttings growing from last summers prune that have taken off.
      I am going to join Newcastle Bonsai Society for some help, but any ideas or opinions much appreciated. 5EACDBAC-3525-4305-A91E-57490C883983.jpeg 863C0846-20AC-4286-8874-030460CB439B.jpeg

    • JCJC
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      Hi Gorden

      Good move joining a club, there is also the Central Coast Bonsai Group that is a good club to be in as well both have lots of experienced members to advise you.

      Ok for my two cents, I think the pot is too shallow and small for healthy root support.

      The branches need pulling down if possible not sure of the thickness though to allow you to do this, to form a nice crown as if you are looking at one in a paddock.

      I would be interested in what the guys advise you to do as well.

      JC

    • John PatonJohn Paton
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      Agree with JC about pulling branches down to form a better crown and the pot is way too small

      John(JP)
      CBS

    • GORDON ALLERTONGORDON ALLERTON
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      Finally took the plunge with my first major effort.
      One year improving its health
      First wiring effort
      Root prune
      New pot
      Definitely an improvement!

    • GORDON ALLERTONGORDON ALLERTON
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      One year improving its health
      First wiring effort
      Root prune
      New pot
      Definitely an improvement!

    • JCJC
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      Hi Gordon

      Defiantly getting there, pretty hard to tell from the angle you took the photo at.

      Its better if you can get lower so that you can still just see the back of the pot, as per attached photo.

      Is there a chance of another shot, I think that maybe you could lower the branches even more 🙂

      JC

    • GORDON ALLERTONGORDON ALLERTON
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      I started this dialogue when I was lucky enough to be given this Port Jackson fig approximately 3 years ago. It was repotted last spring 2020 and I’m about to do some shaping as it is looking a bit misshapen.
      My main question is about the 100 or so cuttings off it that are now 1 and 2 years old. As per pictures, they are all growing without any natural shape to them. Am I best to cut them back hard, below the leaves, or will this kill them? I am wondering how to get them to form compact growth and start to form the into good specimens, rather than lanky uninteresting cuttings. Advice needed, thanks in advance.
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    • JCJC
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      Hi Gordon
      Not sure where you live but Leong has just released his second edition of the Fig Book that will guide you all through your questions and lots more seeing you are into figs.

      Not sure where you are situated to advise hard cut back as we are not far off in Australia for the growing season to start slowing down.
      JC

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