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Douglas fir
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:30 PM »
Has anybody any experience with Douglas fir as bonsai?
I acquired a sappling around 2yrs ago and it's now around 35cm.
I've searched the internet for help but there seems to be very little out there.
It's absolutely bursting with fresh buds at the moment and I'm kinda at a loss  .
How should I prune it? Anybody help me please ;)

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Re: Douglas fir
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2015, 06:23 PM »
I have many Douglas Fir in various stages of development. Yours is still quite young and small, so not sure what your goal is at this point? Some direct questions or pics would be helpful, but generally speaking they are treated most like spruce in my experience. You should repot as buds are swelling when needed (or if it's not currently in modern substrate) and if you are most interested in getting it to a more reasonable size for bonsai, probably not a whole lot of pruning should be done. If you still want to prune it and are trying to promote back budding and bifurcation of branches, then new shoots should be trimmed back when that start to harden off. Not sure where you are, but that's about the first week of June in Colorado (zone 5). It is important to leave a small amount of the shoot, about 1/4" (5-6cm). I would think that at this point, the thing to do would be to wire some movement into the trunk and get the primary branch angles set. If you live in hot, dry area in summer, protect from afternoon sun.
Here are a couple that I collected a few years ago and have not started any work on yet. The only pics I have on this iPad at the moment.

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Re: Douglas fir
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2015, 05:53 AM »
I'd seek info from the Master of the Dougie!