Al - ficus B. repotting
You kindly offered help with repotting/root pruning/pruning my ficus Benjamina which is approx. 8feet tall.
I hope you are not too busy with your repotting yet.
I am getting ready to take care of it. I asked lots of questions in the thread below:
on Feb. 9/12 & am looking for further advice.
Am I correct that I should do the following:
1. take out of pot, wash all soil off the roots
2. perform "surgery" to the root ball...
3. pot in 511
4. secure the tree for more stability
5. water, don't fertilize for at least 2 weeks
6. keep in shaded area, protect from wind
a) since I don't have any experience with root pruning, would it help to wash them/take photo & send to you before pruning any roots or would that be stressing tree too much? (I remember you telling me that 'total/complete' root pruning may take few (2-3)repottings).
b) when to prune some branches off - if roots reduced, is it necessary to reduce the canopy immediately? - don't want to stress the tree beyond what it can take
c) the trunk is leaning to one side - in your opinion, is it better to plant straight or leave the same angle?
d) use same size pot or smaller/larger? (existing is 18" diameter).
I follow all threads with your advice and try to remember your tips to others too. But doing it first time is scary...
I will wait until overnight temperatures are more stable, just wanted to 'catch' you before you get too busy.
BTW, I looked at the photo of your tools - what do you use to keep them clean (oil?) and do you sterilize them before each use?
Your answers are greatly appreciated.
Here is link to album with the photos: