I saw this poor little ficus in the corner at Lowe’s when I was getting other stuff. I arrogantly scoffed at it from a distance, and then as I got closer I realized they didn’t mess it up too badly as far as the structure goes. It had some goofy branching, a lot of dead/weak/interior growth, and they epoxied the darn thing into the pot with gravel on the top and a stick-in stone sign that read ‘Peace’.
To be honest, I just felt bad for it. Nobody deserves to be treated like that. I figured it would be good practice at least. I threw out all of the goofy crap and cleaned off the epoxy bits from the pot. I gently removed most of the peat moss/coconut coir or whatever it was planted in, found a front that I didn’t hate, and put it in a 1:1:1 mix I had. Next, I went through and cleaned out all of the weak/interior/dead bits and trimmed off some pieces that were already contributing to the beginning of structural issues. I got to get a lot of practice wiring as carefully and gently as I could.
Overall, I had fun, got some practice, a handful of cuttings that might root, and the tree is leaps and bounds from where it was. What more could I ask? I suppose giving an extra $25 to Lowe’s and contributing to this particular market may not be the best thing to be doing, but I could do worse.
Anyone else have embarrassing trees?