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Baby boomer time is kicking in..


By stan510


I have a Ficus macrophylla I grew from seed collected from Lord Howe Island by Ben of New Zealand. Its grown well in pots. It could be many times larger if it had touched mother earth all these 5-6 years. So ,I ‘m thinking of planting a future truly huge and massive tree. I’m seeing 60 years old on the horizon,and nobody in my family made it to 80. So,how big can it get in 20 years more or less? Big,but I’m not sure what the consequences would be…eating up my plumbing? the foundation? Or if a couple of hard prunings would keep it tamed for two decades?

Things are sure different again about the weather. Saturday is calling for 84f. It could just as easily be 60f with a breeze on a clear sunny day and that, most people would call a typical cool bay area March day.
84! (29C!)

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Wow, just looked it up on Google images. That is some tree!
Maybe the future family could live under it?

12 Mar, 2015


There are some massive ones in the village and yes they lift sidewalks and do lots of other damage. Our landlord planted one here last year. I do not know what he was thinking. It will restrict the lovely view we (they) have from this house. People plant cute little trees not realizing that they will grow into monsters.
I think that next occupants could curse you Stan. Make a bonsai from it and keep it in the pot :-)

We had some cool days and rain. Very unusual for this area in dry season.

12 Mar, 2015


I think I will keep it potted. I racked my brain trying to figure where to put it. Nothing sounded safe!
A bigger pot will suffice for now. It does have large leaves even for one of them,glossy when new. Even a few straggly banyon rootlets.

There is one nearby in a park. Planted in 1874. The trunk and fluted roots would fill my house alone.

13 Mar, 2015


Better start looking for big pots...really big pots!

13 Mar, 2015

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