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jlushious

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Inherited Boxwood
« on: June 11, 2014, 03:04 PM »
I posted this pic on another thread, but thought I would create a whole new one on its own to track this thing. As I mentioned in the other thread it looks like it was run over by a lawn mower.

This was gifted to me last summer, I don't know too much of its history, but it had been collected by the previous owner. I didn't do anything to it last summer, just let it grow and study it. In the fall I was able to cut back the long branches and it seems to be tightening up on foliage better this spring because of it. I also repotted it this spring into a proper grow box with better soil (it was in pure sand when I got it).

First two pics are from last summer and the third is from this morning (sorry I didn't get a better background). This is the side I am thinking of for the front because of the neat deadwood section.
 

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Re: Inherited Boxwood
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2014, 02:45 AM »
It looks like you have it going in the correct direction now.  I think part of the fun of Bonsai is the challenge to see what you can make out of a bad material. It puts you mind to work. It's like the story about the ugly duckling, one day this tree may be a beautiful swan.
 

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Re: Inherited Boxwood
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2014, 10:13 AM »
Let's hope so! I just got back from a week away and it's doing well, I am going to be updating my photo records in the next week now that I have good flushes of growth on everything so will post some better pics showing all the sides a bit better.
 

jlushious

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Re: Inherited Boxwood
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2014, 11:48 PM »
Ok so I took some new photos of this one (aka: better ones!). Giving it a 1/4 turn in each. I'm really liking the first angle but in 3D the branches don't work. I will probably just have to wait and see what happens with any further back budding. My summer project will be to lime sulphur the deadwood because the live bark is pulling away and I'm worried the live veins I have may not last long!
 

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Re: Inherited Boxwood
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2014, 04:06 AM »
Ok so I took some new photos of this one (aka: better ones!). Giving it a 1/4 turn in each. I'm really liking the first angle but in 3D the branches don't work. I will probably just have to wait and see what happens with any further back budding. My summer project will be to lime sulphur the deadwood because the live bark is pulling away and I'm worried the live veins I have may not last long!

Hi J,

Are you worried about die back on the live veins? if so why not let it grow and see what happens, I doubt lime sulfur will keep a live vein from dying back. or I misunderstood and you are worried that the dead wood is going to collapse...then lime sulfur will help a bit...rather get wood hardener to preserve the deadwood 


I like the 2nd pic. I would remove the top left branch but keep the new bud and use that to create a new 1st branch. also remove the bottom branch on the right, It's very heavy. then use the top right branch as the new leader. tilt the tree a bit to the left and you are on your way to make a informal upright. just an option though... I don't know what your plans are for this boxwood. Good luck with it. Not all designs are clear before one trains the tree, some designs come across over a longer period.

kind regards
Herman
 

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Re: Inherited Boxwood
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2014, 05:50 AM »
I like it. Coming along well.

Id let it alone. Maybe try not to wet the bark much.
 

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Re: Inherited Boxwood
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2014, 09:54 AM »
My summer project will be to lime sulphur the deadwood because the live bark is pulling away and I'm worried the live veins I have may not last long!

I doubt Lime Sulphur will have much (positive) effect on live bark.  The only thing I've had any luck in keeping live veins from retreating is cut paste ...and then primarily with deciduous trees.  Well, that and letting the tree regain vigor.
 

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Re: Inherited Boxwood
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2014, 11:45 AM »
Thanks, guys! I will try and snap a pic of what the bark situation is, on one side there's just a small live vein going up and supporting an entire side, the live bark is sort of pulling away from the dead, almost looks like it's flaking off. I don't want to lose it, particularly on the one side. I will try and snap a close-up tonight, I was thinking I might try and superglue it down, haha, but cut paste would probably be better!