Forgive me for a bit of melodrama but I think of these little Ficus trees as analogous to phoenix birds arising from the ashes.
They are the progeny of the beautiful tabletop trees that defoliated in storage after a harrowing cross county odyssey last year. I’ll not go into the long story of what happened except to say that it was due to human negligence, not plant care methodology.
What you see here are small Ficus trees that were propagated from cuttings starting about 5 months ago. Propagating and growing these plants has been a truly amazing experience in context of several decades of growing and maintaining Ficus benjamina plants.
These little trees were propagated from cuttings in repurposed pop bottle planters with humidity hoods. In my view, you cannot buy a better planter and propagating system for home use. Please note also that these trees were grown on racks by east facing windows with supplementary fluorescent lighting here in my Brooklyn apartment.
I’m in the process of photographing each tree with its i.d. number. I will post updates monthly to show their progress in becoming “bonsai style” tabletop trees.
To be continued. There is a lot more to say about this project. Come on back!