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Re: My new acquisitions from the Midwest Show
« Reply #60 on: October 06, 2011, 08:16 PM »
I don't know about the backbudding...I think I mentioned that I picked up a chamaecyparis pisifera last fall, it was very dense but had a lot of small, young growth on the trunk. Some of it yellowed and died due to lack of light. Not sure if I'll get anymore, we'll see, but I've read many places that you can't rely on it.

Obviously you saw something in this tree when you purchased it, so figure out what that was. Maybe turning the tree a little will give a better view...I suppose you could even turn it 90 deg or so and line up one trunk behind the other...not sure what that would look like. You might be able to bend the trunk(s) enough to remove the symmetry. Maybe you can put a foliage pad in front of the trunk split , or several pads in front of one trunk to make the "Y" structure less obvious. Look at it from every angle, move branches, cover branches, do some virts...take your time, I'm sure you'll come up with a plan you like. You've got the whole winter!

Chris

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Re: My new acquisitions from the Midwest Show
« Reply #61 on: October 06, 2011, 08:41 PM »
Definitely lots of options and chances for any number of techniques.  Should be fun.  Keep us posted.
 

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Re: My new acquisitions from the Midwest Show
« Reply #62 on: October 07, 2011, 01:28 PM »
Chris, I played around yesterday on different fronts, backs and sides...there's no getting around the Y split.  I did love this tree when i bought it.  I liked the trunks movement, and the feminine design.  I need to keep these attributes and somehow eliminate or mitigate the Y.

I like the idea someone said of taking a bunch of photos, and having them to look at over the winter.  I plan on doing that to most of my trees this fall.  And specifically for this tree, take pics using the pillowcase and at least I'll know what I'm up against.

Matsu, I agree.  This bonsai will probably be for me, the most challenging tree I'll have to work on next year.  (In 2-3 yrs, it'll be my Ponderosa Pine....which btw is looking great.   Got rid of the needlecast, fertilizing the heck out of it and keep it watered more.)  It'll also give me the opportunity to try some techniques I've never tried before.  I'm excited and it will be fun! 

I'll start a new thread just for this tree when I know what I want to do and hopefully a progression series.

Thanks guys for the encouragement to think outside the box and to consider other designs.  At first I didn't think I'd change much on this tree, now, it's a different ballgame.  ;)
 

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Re: My new acquisitions from the Midwest Show
« Reply #63 on: February 08, 2012, 09:05 PM »
Any decisions on the cypress?

If the trunk is flexible, and you decide to go "single trunk", you may be able to twist it to give you some branches on the "bald" side.

By the way, annealing copper wire is easy.  You can do it in your barbeque grill.  Just lay it on the grill, and "cook" it for an hour on high.  It turns black, but it will be soft after it cools.  I've also done it in a "self cleaning" oven.  The wire should be glowing pink when it's annealing.

That said, I just got a shipment from Adams, too.  My old supply from 20 years ago had run out.
 

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Re: My new acquisitions from the Midwest Show
« Reply #64 on: February 09, 2012, 11:50 AM »
Hi Adair.  First off, Thanks so much about how to anneal copper wire.  I've got the grill and the gas and some lg. gauge copper from HD.  I'll def. give it a try!

On my cypress, I've given it a lot of thought this winter.  I think I'm going to go with a single trunk, (bend the other out of the way but close enough to do an approach graft if needed.  I think? it was Matsu who suggested twisting the trunk...that'll work pretty good exc. for an empty space nearer the bottom.  Hence why I think I'll need a graft there.  I came to this decision b/c the second trunk is too straight, has another Y above it, and is too big for a mother/daughter twin trunk.  I think it'll look pretty good. 

I was just out looking at my plants yesterday, and noticed a couple of inner small branches have died.   Prob. due to my off season repotting that was so necessary.  But it's only 2-3.  Could've been worse.  I need to repot again this spring into the S. Rayner's pot so I won't be doing anything else this year.  I just want to get it out of this 10" deep pot and get it healthy to do the work I want.  I will though do what I mentioned above and move the second trunk out of the way, and twist the first trunk to get the branches better located.  I don't think this is too much...I hope ;)

Chris