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First wire marks

July 28, 2013

Many people avoid wiring ficus, and if they do they check it often. They are fast growing  trees. Mostly clip and grow is used or other means of creating movement. In Asia and China, wire is left to bite deliberately, and then wired in the opposite direction, to bite again. That creates aged appearance to the branches and trunk. Some time the wire is left even embedded.

Indiana Bonsai

Found my first wire marks after leaving this wire on the top of my ficus microcarpa. Hopefully they will heal over eventually.


I plan on growing this top out to create a new apex. I have heard that wiring over marks in the opposite direction can help hide marks. I might try that as well.

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