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boon

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Cryptomeria
« on: August 09, 2009, 01:38 AM »
i just finished pruning this mature cryptomeria.  it takes about 3 days to complete.  the process is tedious and slow.  scissors has to be really sharp or the branches will die back. this is the result of the work.
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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009, 11:33 AM »
Hi Boon,

Thanks for the picture.  I am surprised at how much cut back it appears was done as I remember seeing it just a few months ago.  How long will it take to grow back in and how often would you do major pruning work like this for this species?  Thanks again.

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2009, 02:32 PM »
For those who have never seen this tree in person, it is quite large! Probably over 3 feet tall, if I remember correctly.

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2009, 03:03 PM »
Very nice work and a good job of keeping it healthy, but I find it quite boring to look at, sorry.

keep it green,
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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2009, 04:36 PM »
I think it is great! Good formal uprights are rare.

Not to hijack your thread, Boon. But I am caring for a large Cryptomeria that our club bought for future demo material. I don't have much experience with this species. I'd like to repot it from the 15 gallon nursery pot to a smaller training box. Should I wait until spring or is it safe to do in the fall?

Thanks,

Paul
 

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2009, 04:58 PM »
I'm working on a large one myself. It seems to me that dieback is inevitable no matter what you do. Maybe it's just my winters. The nice thing is that they back bud so strongly that even if they dieback all traces disappear quickly.
 

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2009, 10:46 PM »
Hi Boon,

Thanks for the picture.  I am surprised at how much cut back it appears was done as I remember seeing it just a few months ago.  How long will it take to grow back in and how often would you do major pruning work like this for this species?  Thanks again.

Alex V

Hi Alex,
it will grow back with in a month.  then i pinch only strong shoots by hand.  this time it is done by scissors.  scissors work is done once a year. 
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boon

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2009, 10:48 PM »
For those who have never seen this tree in person, it is quite large! Probably over 3 feet tall, if I remember correctly.

Chris

Chris,
yes, it is about 3 feet tall from the base.

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2009, 10:50 PM »
Very nice work and a good job of keeping it healthy, but I find it quite boring to look at, sorry.

keep it green,
Harry

Harry,
we all have different preference.  it is like choosing flavor(s) of our favorite ice cream.
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boon

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2009, 10:52 PM »
I think it is great! Good formal uprights are rare.

Not to hijack your thread, Boon. But I am caring for a large Cryptomeria that our club bought for future demo material. I don't have much experience with this species. I'd like to repot it from the 15 gallon nursery pot to a smaller training box. Should I wait until spring or is it safe to do in the fall?

Thanks,

Paul

Hi Paul,
thanks,
i repot cryptomeria in Jan and Feb.  it does not like cold weather.  so i do not suggest to repot it in fall.
Boon
 

boon

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2009, 10:57 PM »
I'm working on a large one myself. It seems to me that dieback is inevitable no matter what you do. Maybe it's just my winters. The nice thing is that they back bud so strongly that even if they dieback all traces disappear quickly.

the cause of die back is usually come from using dull tools. 
i have to handle it carefully.  branches can split easily.  die back is very minor on this tree.  ite was trained since 1992.  it was leggy in the beginning..  most of the branches came from new buds that grew after first repotting.
anyway, it is a difficult tree to work with.
Boon
 

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2009, 11:08 PM »
Thanks for the tips Boon I couldn't agree more. my winters aren't THAT bad but small ones die here. Must be the wind. This large one I'm working now aborted it's lower branches this winter but the rest of the tree survived. I'll try sharpening scissors before heavy trimming. They are difficult but nice trees once you have them figured out.
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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2009, 11:02 AM »
Boon, thanks for posting.  I really enjoy this tree.

There's a section of Cheekwood Gardens that has a stand of these growing, just 3 hours south of Louisville.  I'm tempted to give one a shot.  Do you think winters here would be too cold?  Any suggestions as to growth, size, and taper?  Just grow and chop?
 

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2009, 02:33 PM »
Tedious it might be but well worth the effort ! Wish they could survive our summers.
 

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Re: Cryptomeria
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2009, 11:51 PM »
Dwight
We've had record heat up here. Even hit like 108.  I know it's  not Texas but with some shade cloth maybe.....