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New 12" ficus, when to trim roots?

Posted by deanna_in_nh 5a/4b (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 5, 13 at 8:22

I have a new ficus tree about 1' tall that I just got for $1 (woo hoo) on clearance. This will be have-fun-and-learn-slowly bonsai tree. Anything you buy for $1 obviously needs some rehab. It had lost all but about 15 leaves, but there is new green leaf growth just barely starting to sprout all over, and I mean maybe 1-3 mm leaf buds. I was going to let it recover a bit before I trimmed the roots to begin my bonsai experiment. Now I'm not sure. Should I trim now when it needs some general recovery so I can get new leaf growth that is already miniature, or should I let it continue to sprout its normal leaves, and once it's healthier then trim the roots? I was initially worried about plant stress. Now I'm wondering if it can handle the stress and I should take advantage of this recovery period to let it recover with roots already trimmed.

Thank you!

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RE: New 12" ficus, when to trim roots?

Don't do anything but take care of it properly - watering when necessary, keeping it in full sun and as much humidity as reasonable (lots, but not if there's any chance of fungi or mealy bugs).

RE: New 12" ficus, when to trim roots?

Will do. Thank you!

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