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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Charlestonbonsai on March 08, 2014, 11:37 AM

Title: Old boxwood update
Post by: Charlestonbonsai on March 08, 2014, 11:37 AM
Here are some pictures of the trees. I had to collect sooner than expected ,and there were so many I did not make boxes. I also got a nice azelea.
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Post by: Joshua Hanzman on March 09, 2014, 03:58 AM
Nice nebari on that boxwood huh?

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Title: Re: Old boxwood update
Post by: Charlestonbonsai on March 09, 2014, 09:24 AM
The boxwood in the first photo does not have the best nebari, but the trunk is so big I can't get both my hands around it. The houses I collected from were built in the 50's.
Title: Re: Old boxwood update
Post by: Joshua Hanzman on March 09, 2014, 06:24 PM
whoa that's thick, I'm surprised because it is hard to tell relative size from the picture, got any pics with a coke can or something next to it to see to judge depth? The third picture was the one I spoke of, that seems to have nice rootage, but maybe that is just in the picture.
Title: Re: Old boxwood update
Post by: jlushious on March 09, 2014, 07:58 PM
I inherited this old boxwood, I think it has some great potential. I just left it in its grow box over last summer because it had just been dug up, but I am wondering about chopping everything back. How do they do with back budding on old wood?
Title: Re: Old boxwood update
Post by: Joshua Hanzman on March 09, 2014, 10:53 PM
I believe that unfortunately they do not do good with budding on old wood, or at least your supposed to leave some green is the general rule. but I see some foliage close so it looks like your good!
Title: Re: Old boxwood update
Post by: Sorce on March 10, 2014, 04:59 AM
JLush. That's interesting material.

It looks like you can cut out the deadwood, and everything left of that. And use that nice curve to the right to start a wicked semicascade.  Give those giant roots a "purpose".

Mine is budding very low, and you do have some tight green, seems youll be ok.
Title: Re: Old boxwood update
Post by: jlushious on March 10, 2014, 03:20 PM
Thanks, I will see how it does getting the long awkward branches cut back. Right now it looks like it was run over by a lawn mower or something....
Title: Re: Old boxwood update
Post by: Joshua Hanzman on March 11, 2014, 11:09 PM
Yea, it does, but it's better than my boxwood story. A bonsai friend of mine traded me building her a retaining wall for 5 30 yr+ kingsville she had in her her garden, my choice from 10-15 she had total. I took the ones I like, and my family had unexpected move and all my trees got placed outside a 2 months or so ago. I just saw them outside, I saw 1-3% of green, all else brown, I expect maybe 1 survived. This time the boxwood is literally greener on the other side ;)
Title: Re: Old boxwood update
Post by: Charlestonbonsai on March 12, 2014, 05:38 PM
I believe that the Harland buxus won't back bud, but the three large ones I had did.
Title: Re: Old boxwood update
Post by: Charlestonbonsai on March 12, 2014, 07:40 PM
I prefer to leave the deadwood because there is a rotten section that I believe goes deep into the trunk. Here is my sketch.