My lone tropical specimen, this ficus nerifolia was slow to wake up this year, and part of the reason could be that it was pot-bound. I think it had been in this pot for 3 years. These trees are nearly epiphytes, but still it seemed it was time to repot.
A couple options
It took some effort to free the tree from the pot…
Now that it’s repotted and settled in, it’s time for a little wire to orient the tree to its more inclined potting position.
I repotted this tree in March, after basically giving it a year off in 2021. It had lost a few branches in the back, I think a very delayed response to leaving wire on too long several years ago. The rest of the tree is healthy, and in time, it will be easy to perform a good “comb over” to fill in the space in the back.
For now, I wanted to clean up the tree to enjoy looking at it again, after all it is one of my favorite trees. Before:
And reviewing the photo above, it appeared to want a little scrubbing down, so the trunk was scrubbed with a toothbrush, and a 50% diluted lime sulfur solution was painted onto the deadwood.
Sometimes I forget things. Not long ago, I got busy and left my Masakuni pliers and my Kiku wire cutters (my first pair…had them nearly 25 years) on the bench outside. I noticed them a few days later, after two-a-days watering schedule.