Pruning/shaping ficus lyrata
I recently separated my multi-stemmed ficus lyrata and repotted into gritty mix. The taller of the two, shown in the photo, pouted a pit post-repot but now seems to have perked up. It stands (a bit crookedly!) about 45" above the soil line.
Ultimately I'd like to create a sturdy trunk with branching and a full-ish crown, but I'm not sure how to get there from here. As you can see in the photo, it's currently just one tall stem, and a rather flimsy one at that.
I know this is a common post topic, and I've read elsewhere
(this thread: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/houseplt/msg0116100910519.html?10) that I should:
a)tip-prune when the plant is about 2/3 of the eventual maximum height I'm hoping for
b)prune any branch with 4 or more leaves back to 2 leaves
...but before I break out the shears I wanted to confirm - do I need to create actual branches (through notching?) before I attempt any pruning/shaping?
I'm also wondering if I should be worried about the current internodal distance - is it unrealistic for me to imagine I could have a more robust and branched tree?