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Steven

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Where to go now?
« on: May 12, 2010, 05:23 PM »
This JBP I purchased back in '07 from Muranaka through Ebay. Spending the past 2 yrs attempting an airlayer on it(not going to explain why as I've heard alot on why I did) checked while ago and nothing. No roots. Now, I'm ready to move on. I can see the faintness that the cut area may be trying to heal over. Overall this tree appears healthy. I think this tree will need to grow in the ground for a couple of yrs to accelerate the heal. But before that I would like to wire the branches to get them set in the right direction. I know pines push girth growth in late summer/fall and I would have to rewire if the wire bites. Could I wire now? I know I've set myself(and the tree) back a few yrs but seems I have the time. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions are welcomed.
 

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Re: Where to go now?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2010, 05:23 PM »
Here's failed airlayer area.
 

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Re: Where to go now?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2010, 10:52 AM »
I think the wound from your airlayer is always going to be visable, and the bulge above it is not going to be very appealing.  Plus your trunk really has no taper, and not much movement except for the less than ideal C shaped curve.

So, I think your best chance of making a decent tree out of this is to do a trunk chop just above the first big branch and use that branch as your new trunkline.  That would make this a much smaller tree, but it eliminates several flaws.

You could leave the top on as a "sacrifice branch" to continue to thicken the lower trunk, while you work on the design of the new trunkline.

- bob
 

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Re: Where to go now?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2010, 06:48 AM »
I don't recall specifically, but I thought the idea was that if the airlayer didn't take, you were going to make  shohin out of it and chop it off.
 

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Re: Where to go now?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2010, 08:33 PM »
Shoot I don't know lol. This old mind is not functioning right anymore so past data may have been deleted :) After pine group last night I was given an idea that still would allow me to have the top AND the bottom(2 trees). This won't take place til 2011.
 

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Re: Where to go now?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010, 06:24 PM »
Here's an update on this pine. I forgot to get pics before decandling. The candles were no different than the pics taken back in May except that they have gotten a bit longer, needles more spread out. I decandled yesterday.
 

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Re: Where to go now?
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2010, 06:26 PM »
Wired today. I did not wire 100% as some of the smaller branching, to me, did not need it at this time.
 

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Re: Where to go now?
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2010, 06:30 PM »
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I kept that strong leader to keep a good flow going up the trunk to help with healing the ring. I pulled up a new apex beside it. I still want to try the root grafting for the upper part. As for the bottom, I'm not so sure I could make something of it. The branches below the ring are very rigid and were already jutting about 90 degrees from the trunk. Doubt I could pull one up for a new apex on that part of the tree.