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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: tom tynan on November 13, 2009, 11:04 PM

Title: Colorado Spruce...
Post by: tom tynan on November 13, 2009, 11:04 PM
When I first acquired this tree I was intrigued by the possibility of dividing the tree and perhaps getting two good trees out of this Spruce. The original photos when I acquired the tree with the huge deadwood base and major tree to the left with the smaller connected tree to the right. The smaller Spruce has a very nice twisted shari at the base. Both sides appeared healthy, good buds and overall very healthy. With such a dense crown, many smaller interior branches were weak. Next how to divide a Spruce....
Title: Re: Colorado Spruce...
Post by: tom tynan on November 13, 2009, 11:11 PM
I thought about an approach how to divide this Spruce and then planned a trip to Nature's Way Nursery in Penns. this past Spring; in speaking with Walter Pall he thought it would be possible to divide the tree and create two separte trees. So the tree was pulled and slowly over a period of 90min. to 2 hours the roots were traced and separated. With Walter and Jim Doyle's help - we traced the roots and located the optimum location to separate the tree. Basically finding the place underneath where each side of the tree had ample roots....photos by Walter Pall...
Title: Re: Colorado Spruce...
Post by: tom tynan on November 13, 2009, 11:13 PM
Now the tree was divided and I waited to see if the buds would open and let me know that the tree survivied.....
Title: Re: Colorado Spruce...
Post by: tom tynan on November 13, 2009, 11:20 PM
Through Spring and Summer both trees opened buds and grew. I did the initial styling on the larger tree in early Fall. The crown is fairly open for now - but with more light getting to the interior and good signs of budding - it should fill in starting next Spring. Probably more work is needed in editing and refining some deadwood. The smaller tree is doing well; no photos of that one just yet.
Title: Re: Colorado Spruce...
Post by: Walter_Pall on November 14, 2009, 03:08 AM
Tom,

good to read that both trees are doing well. I remember that we took a big risk for the smaller one. But the thought was that it did not fit into any reasonable composition anyway. This means for artistic purposes it should have been cut off. So we tried to rescue it with the vague possibility of killing it that way. but we tried hard, as I remember and I m very glad to hear about the outcome.

WP
Title: Re: Colorado Spruce...
Post by: John Kirby on November 14, 2009, 01:41 PM
Nice, work. Vat improvement by removing the smaller tree, as Walter points out. Todd/Harold have some very interesting spruce.

John