Author Topic: My First RMJ  (Read 9134 times)

Chrisl

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Re: My First RMJ
« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2013, 09:20 AM »
Thanks John.  It's been very happy, full sun and great growth this spring.  I'm pretty sure it was the overdose of osmocote that made it convert as I also put  in a relatively lg. Itoigawa that has/had nothing but mature foliage for over a yr.  I noticed yesterday, 2 tips that have converted to juvenile foliage.  I removed 2 and watered the heck out of it.  I'm going to foliar feed the RMJ and the Itoigawa today.

Here was a picture of the RMJ before I trimmed and wired:
 

Chrisl

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Re: My First RMJ
« Reply #31 on: June 13, 2013, 02:50 PM »
I spoke with Peter again about the differing opinion.  I don't think I totally understood what he was telling me to do, but here is his reply:

That was a bit of a drastic prune to be honest. You should never remove more than 30% of growth at one time otherwise you will just get more juvenile. The idea is to allow it to grow through the juvenile stage but not get out of shape too much, and to control the  juveile growth so that it is channelling all the energy into branches that will remain on the tree rather than get mature foliage on seven/eight branches and then cut it back to three or four.

Just wanted to clarify the situation.
Chris
 

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Re: My First RMJ
« Reply #32 on: June 13, 2013, 06:54 PM »
I think Peter and I are in complete agreement. Watch the water and fertilizer, in full sun if should pop back just fine. Takes a couple of years to manage the juvenile foliage. Don't worry, I bet sost everyone here has done something just like this in their journey. I for one have. It will be fine, thanks for sharing.
 

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Re: My First RMJ
« Reply #33 on: June 13, 2013, 07:05 PM »
Thanks John!  Makes me feel a bit better, so I appreciate sharing your experiences with me ;)

I've left only one osmocote on it, and don't plan on using my 'aggressive fert program' either.  I got it in a great spot in full sun.  And if it takes a couple yrs to revert to mature foliage, that's fine, I just needed to know what to expect.  What's funny was I was just starting to think I was being more patient this yr.  But apparently I still have issues to work out LOL