Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ficus Benjamina Var Philipinensis

Quick History: I purchased this particular piece from a nursery in Serpong, Tangerang around January of 2008.

When I first saw it, the plant seemed to be uncared for and was placed at the corner of the nursery. 
The plant was about 2 meters long and was planted in a black plastic bucket with the diameter around 40 CM. 
It seemed like the owner of the nursery did not care much about this plant. 

I was very interested in the overall look of the plant and saw the potential.
The surface roots were covered with its  long branches and some wild grass had started growing. 
In my opinion, the foundation of the plant was big and steady since I suggested the plant had been sitting at the nursery for quite some time.

I was correct. After it was purchased, I took the plant home and quickly removed the plastic bucket.

With the plastic bucket removed, I could finally see the beautiful formations of root zones that were exposed. 

I washed and cleaned the plant then I rearranged some formations of the original roots. 
I had also shortened the whole plant about half the size.  
After replanting the plant, I let it sit so it could grow back to a "healthy" state. 

The new formations of roof flairs that grew seemed to be exquisite, as it looked like a tied collection of branches supported with its severe surface roots.
I decided to keep the original positions of the branches within its original state which is also referred to as "clumd style".

The next step was to find its "front face". The biggest branch was located in the middle of the formation of branches. 
I decided to use that particular branch as a focal point, in which I gave it the highest position within the formation.

After choosing the "face" of the plant, I went and chose which surface roots I wanted to use and which ones to discard. 

Up until today, the plant has been trained for around two and a half years. 
The surface roots seemed to be growing strong and the branches are multiplying more and more. 
I predict this piece will take about one and a half to two more years to reach its optimal condition.

After the first stage of cleaning:

The current state:

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