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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Hotaction on May 23, 2010, 04:09 PM

Title: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on May 23, 2010, 04:09 PM
This is the first plant i spent any money on back in Sept. 08, after being introduced to bonsai.  I bought two of these from a landscape nursery in the "bargain section" as they weren't the healthiest.  I made a low-ball offer and they took it.  This one was thinned and a large chop (removed a sub-trunk) was made after getting home.  I left the other one alone.  I then planted them out in the yard to endure the winter. 

Spring 09, I dug them both out, and pruned some of the branches to push the growth back towards the trunks.  I applied guy wires and left it to grow for a while.  I carried out light pruning during the summer and fall.  In October I hacked it back just a bit more. 

Spring 10, During the march repotting season, I worked the larger branches back a bit more and then left it to grow until last night when I  gave it a pretty good work over.  I'm pleased with the progress it's made in the last year and a half.

This set shows the tree in fall after a thinning, and again after large branch removal.  This is what it looked like before being planted in the yard.

dave
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on May 23, 2010, 04:13 PM
Here is a shot from spring of 09, and then again in the fall.


edit: the spring 09 pic is the last one for some reason
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on May 23, 2010, 04:15 PM
And now a shot from early april, and then again today after I worked on it.

Dave
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Don Blackmond on May 23, 2010, 06:49 PM
you've made good progress.
Roughly, how tall are you planning to make the final height?
It is always tough to tell from photos, but the upper left branch(es) and the apex, by 2 dimensional appearance, are competing for size.  I wonder, do you take off the apex lead, raise the left branch as new apex and rotate the front slightly counterclockwise letting new lower left buds run for replacement left branch(es)?  Just thinking and mumbling.  Its always difficult to tell from photos, but is there are clear apex.  Certainly, I am not knocking your work, just asking about the plan and the future.
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on May 24, 2010, 07:59 AM
Don, thanks for your comments and questions.  As for the final height, I think I'm pretty close to where I want to be.  The branches on the left are a bit heavy for sure.  It is a bit of an illusion in the picture, as 3 branches are blending to give a very thick appearance.  I actually left them all there in case I pick a new front (again).  There really is no way those branches are going to be bent upwards, so I'll try to work with what is there, but your I've actually been looking at it with the slight counter twist, and it does present a pleasant look.  I'm gonna let it grow for a bit, and reavaluate mid-summer.  Thanks again for your insights.

Dave
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on July 27, 2010, 01:37 PM
After a couple months growth, I gave this guy a bit of a haircut.  Right now, we are just shy of two years in development from a large nursery shrub.

Dave
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Zach Smith on July 27, 2010, 01:49 PM
Looking good, nice work.

Zach
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on November 12, 2010, 12:04 PM
A quick fall update on this one.

Dave
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Mike Pollock on November 12, 2010, 01:02 PM
The deadwood is maturing nicely too...
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: shimsuki on November 15, 2010, 09:05 AM
Which picture is your front?

Coming along nicely,
Shim
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: bonsaikc on November 16, 2010, 07:50 AM
I really like what you've done with this tree!
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on November 16, 2010, 03:26 PM
Shim, not decided on a front yet, working on development, but am leaning towards that first picture.

Chris and Mike, thanks for the kind words.  The tree is 12" tall from the current soil line.

Dave
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on April 12, 2011, 11:05 PM
Update:  first training pot. 
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: bwaynef on April 13, 2011, 08:42 AM
I like where this one's headed (or at least where I see it headed).  How large are you expecting to let the crown grow?
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on April 13, 2011, 11:17 AM
The crown will only end up marginally larger than it is now. (I think)  Thanks, Wayne.
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on July 21, 2011, 12:19 PM
Just a quick summer update. 
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: John Kirby on July 21, 2011, 12:48 PM
coming along well. I have a few dozen old nursery stock trees (in 3-5 gallon containers) that we pruned down this summer and am working to develop. I love the trunk color and texture of the bark on these.
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: Hotaction on July 21, 2011, 01:22 PM
John, are you in Mass. now?  I seem to remember reading about a move? oh, and thankyou.

Dave
Title: Re: Boxwood (wintergem)
Post by: John Kirby on July 21, 2011, 01:34 PM
Dave, work in RI and living in CT.