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ken duncan

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #45 on: July 21, 2009, 06:46 AM »
Hi Nick,
The Water Elms are bare root and I just add water when it gets low.
Ken
 

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #46 on: July 21, 2009, 09:35 AM »
Cool, thanks.
 

ken duncan

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #47 on: July 22, 2009, 06:48 AM »
16 days after pruning some branches and removing most of the leaves on this Cypress, it is putting on new growth all over.
It is time now to pinch the new growth and remove unwanted buds, this is done almost every day and I will continue this practice for the rest of the growing season.
Buds to be removed are the ones growing up, down, in the branch crotches and also the ones that are to close to other branches. This will help to keep the foliage light and airy. 
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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #48 on: July 22, 2009, 09:39 AM »
That might be the BEST photo sequence I've seen.  :)

I had no idea you had to chase these things back every day like that.  About how long do you spend pinching buds on this one daily?
 

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #49 on: July 22, 2009, 04:25 PM »
Wow! Beautiful pictures.  How about a pic of the whole tree in that same lighting?

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ken duncan

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #50 on: July 23, 2009, 06:49 AM »
Thank You Wayne.
Please don't get me wrong, I do not treat all BC this way. This tree will be pinched and pruned to get ready to show this year and next year it will be mostly left alone, only pruned a little, to let it rest. I will spend about 10 minutes a day for the first month or so after that it will take less and less time to keep the foliage in check. The main thing is to remove the unwanted buds, the ones that grow up, down, in crotches, to close to other branches and the one that I forgot, those growing inward.
I am sure You know that the leaves on BC grow into branches as they get larger. if You pinch the end of a leaf it will bud out at the end and the new leaves that sprout from there will be smaller. In the winter any leaves that are not large enough to form a branch will just fall off. You can actually strip off all of the leaflets off and leave the spine of the leaf and it will bud all along the spine, not at all like most trees.
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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #51 on: July 23, 2009, 06:52 AM »
Thank You Tom, There is on background where these pictures were taken, it is in the middle of my yard and the tree would not show up so well.
Ken
 

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #52 on: July 23, 2009, 08:30 AM »
I am sure You know that the leaves on BC grow into branches as they get larger. if You pinch the end of a leaf it will bud out at the end and the new leaves that sprout from there will be smaller. In the winter any leaves that are not large enough to form a branch will just fall off. You can actually strip off all of the leaflets off and leave the spine of the leaf and it will bud all along the spine, not at all like most trees.

You overestimate me, but thanks for the information.  I did NOT know that and I find that fascinating.  It really changes how you would go about attacking these things to know the little details like this.  Thanks again.
 

ken duncan

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #53 on: August 01, 2009, 01:40 PM »
Here is an update on the trees we collected just before July 4th.
The Water Elms are growing strong and the Bald Cypress stump is budding all up and down the trunk.
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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #54 on: August 01, 2009, 01:59 PM »
I'm really interested in working with water elms. Do the leaves ever get as small as the chinese elms?
 

ken duncan

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #55 on: August 01, 2009, 02:21 PM »
Hi Nick,
I have seen Water Elms in the wild with small leaves and I have seen them with large leaves. The ones that were in full Sun had small leaves and the ones in the shade had large leaves.
With pruning the tops often and having the roots confined in a small Bonsai container and growing then in full Sun the leaves can become much smaller.
Ken
 

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #56 on: August 18, 2009, 06:02 PM »
It has been about 40 days ago when I leaf pruned this Cypress. I have been pinching and pruning  the new growth just about every day after the new foliage came out. I was gone on vacation for 8 days and it had grown quite a lot.
Here are before and after pictures of the pruning job that it got last Sunday.
Ken
 

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #57 on: September 10, 2009, 07:48 AM »
Here is an update of the cypress tree that was collected around July 4th.
Its is growing strong and I think that I can start working on it next July.
Ken
 

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #58 on: September 10, 2009, 11:10 AM »
I only wish  :( they could be found overhere, that nice.....
 

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Re: 4th July Cypress
« Reply #59 on: December 11, 2009, 10:39 AM »
Here is a picture of this tree with its Fall color showing.
The color came late this year because it was leaf pruned in the Summer.
Ken