Tiger-bark ficus (Ficus microcarpa)

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I’ve been colonized by ficus. Tiger-bark figs, rock figs, strangler figs, willow-leaf figs, and other fig species. When I first began working with figs I would place the cuttings in spare pots with soil whenever I pruned. This is the recipe for filling your bonsai bench space with figs. I have finally accepted that I need to throw away the cuttings when I prune, even though, with minimal care, they could become small trees. I need the room for other trees!

My first ficus was a Tiger-bark (Ficus microcarpa) that I bought in March 2012 from Walter Andersen nursery in San Diego. It was sold as a “houseplant ficus”.

January 11, 2019:
The tree today.

March 10, 2012:
The “houseplant ficus” when purchased in spring, 2012.

March 10, 2012:
Initial potting.

July 16, 2012:
Four months of growth.

August 4, 2013:
One year of clip and grow.

November 16, 2013:

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