Advanced Grafting of Figs: Part 2
2. The base
of this Ficus retusa needed another root to help soften a flat
appearance to the base of the tree.
base of this fig is flat and would benefit from an added root.
Ficus retusa was planted in close approximation to the tree.
The trunk of the host tree was grooved about 1/2 inch deep to
accommodate the seedling. The seedlings sides were shaved down
to the cambium in the area where it would be inserted into the
host tree in an approach graft.
A small seedling
fig inserted into a groove in the trunk and secured with 2 staples
into the trunk.
Sixty to ninety
days later, the top of the seedling was cut off, and the root
remained secured with a small staple.
one year later is much thicker when compared to the root on the
the bark of the new root will mature and change to the same color
as the trunk.
3. This large
Ficus retusa was grafted to cover large scars resulting from
removal of large branches.
Scar # 1
with one small graft.
Scar # 2
showing one or two grafts across the cut.
Scar # 3
with several grafts in place.
# 4 showing the cut nearly covered with grafts.
on a fig heal slowly , and over many years they are still visible.
Using approach grafts one or more small branches growing near
the cut are brought across the scar and approach grafted across
the scar . The tip end of the branch is grooved into the callous
near the cut end of the scar and stapled down into place.
on the right of the cut is brought across and grafted into the
approach graft technique is used but the branch over the scar
can be curved a bit to give a more natural appearance, as if
an aerial root formed there. The foliage is allowed to grow vigorously
for perhaps two years and then is cut flush with the edge of
the original scar. Once the foliage is removed the grafts grow
very little but over many years may gradually close in the remaining
gaps. In any case the scar is no longer so obvious.