Getting festive with my Ficus’


It has been over two weeks since my last blog. It feels like I should introduce myself and give a brief overview of what it is I do.

I have been so busy with other things that I completely forgot about my trees and working on them. So this is me back at it. It’s mid-summer here in the Western Cape, South Africa. Most of my trees have lots of new growth. But for the next few days I will be getting “festive with my Ficus’ trees”. I have quite a few of them that need to be worked on. They are now all grown out and can be repotted or pruned back now as they grow very vigorously in summer. I have my work put out as I have a lot of Ficus trees. Here is a photo just to give you an Idea of how many trees I…

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Repotting my final Ficus for the year. What a way to end off the year with my roots up in the air…


As you can see I finished all the work I put aside for this week in two days! Once you get started there is no stopping. The first few Ficus trees I worked on went quickly as I just needed to prune them. I have a few before and after photos below to show you how much I pruned them. After that I saw that some of the trees did not just need prunning but they needed to be repotted as well. Their roots where growing over the pots and containers. Not just that but the soil mixture in some of the containers were so dense you could not get a toothpick in the soil.

Just a quick run down of the trees I pruned. These trees were all started from cuttings through out the past few years. They are all at different stages in their growing cycle and development…

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Jordan E. Rutter on Instagram: “On this day last year (2017) I started an adventure of a lifetime. A month journey circumnavigating South Africa. It still doesn’t feel…”

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On this day last year (2017) I started an adventure of a lifetime. A month journey circumnavigating South Africa. It still doesn’t feel real. But I flew into Johannesburg and went counterclockwise around the entire country. There were highs and lows, countless surprises, endless awe, and so much more. I learned so much about myself and there are so many stories. Here are some highlights: go – see – do – because you’ll never regret it, watching a cheetah chase is by far one of the most epic things I may ever see, baby elephants make me happy without fail and baby zebras (rhymes with Debras!) make me squee, you can never pack enough water and snacks, my photography skills vastly improved and taking pictures is so important to me, I don’t like monkeys that steal, I am an expert co-pilot and navigator, I should enter a Where’s Waldo contest but for birds, sometimes watching bad movies on a rainy night is just what you need no matter where in the world you are or what you’re doing, I can drive stick shift (well I learned at least), I am capable of a lot more than I give myself credit for sometimes, I would go anywhere with my best friend. Photo: African Penguins at Boulders in Cape Town, South Africa

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