Ficus carica....Bonsai Training

BronxFigsApril 8, 2012

Creating a "bonsai-style" edible fig tree has its charm, and probably many difficulties, the least of which, is reducing leaf size. I have never tried the edible fig as a bonsai subject, and I was wondering if any growers have trained a fig in this way?

I have a no-name fig growing in my front hard, with a very crooked trunk, and I think that I would like to try to train this tree into a respectable, large-scale "bonsai". I will leave it planted in-ground while using training techniques over the next years. Refinement will come later once the basic tree is formed.

I am not too worried about the top end of the tree because with pruning, new buds will pop out and I could regrow the branching system. It's the rootage that needs work.

I want to form a wide, flaring root base, called "nebari" which will give the illusion of a well anchored, buttressed root system. Standard bonsai techniques call for cutting the downward-growing tap-root, and selecting some horizontally-growing roots to thicken and age. These roots will grow near the surface of the soil, half-exposed, so the roots will form bark, and blend with the trunk-base. I read the root-trimming posts and looked at all the interesting photos posted by Al Tapla. Anything else I need to know.

Any tips on leaf reduction techniques other than pinching out overly large leaves? My guess is that under the best conditions, these figs will always have a very coarse, unrefined look because of the large, stiff, leaves. Will edible fruit form under bonsai training?

Any pointers/hints/caveats would help me.

Thanks,

Frank DV

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
budbackeast(FLORIDA)

You can do just about anything with a fig tree. In Japan, they prune them into odd shapes for easier harvesting. For extensive photos of this, check out this link: http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Japanese-fig-growing-method-fabulous-photos-4374293 (Same as link shown below)

Here is a link that might be useful: Japanese Style Fig Farming

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 2:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
BronxFigs

budbackeast.......

Thanks very much for the link. Very interesting to see all the training possibilities.

Frank

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 6:30AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
When to prune fig trees?
Hello to all,my fig tree is bare now and I was wondering...
coconutman
the f4f forum
I hope the folks leaving f4f will come here as I will...
mgginva
vasilika sika ( king & queen)fig greek
Can anyone post a photo of this fig? Is this fig called...
edarena
Looking for Cuttings
Hi All. Been looking for fig cuttings. I have 2 Chicago...
tobybul2 - Zone 6 SW MI
How to prune a Ficus Lyrata.
Hi Everyone, Im new to this forum, I hope there is...
Goldie_1
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™