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Owen Reich

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Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« on: May 11, 2014, 08:08 AM »
Air layer purchased at Brussels Bonsai in Fall of 2010.  The late, great Mike Blanton assisting in the escape.
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2014, 08:14 AM »
In 2010, started the mental debate over the best front.

No photos from 2011 or 2012 even though I removed took the top of almost every vertical trunk back by 4-6''.

 

Owen Reich

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2014, 08:15 AM »
In 2013, after seeing truly excellent maple bonsai in Japan for a few years, the decision making process became far easier.

I'll update more soon.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2014, 09:09 AM »
In 2013, some major branches were removed in Spring and the outer silhouette was thinned.  Areas where major cuts were made were not thinned as much.  

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2014, 09:13 AM »
This year, more trunks were removed; especially on the top left and lower right.  The urge to place this in a bonsai container is strong, but it will likely go into a larger, more shallow container next spring once the current surgical strikes have healed. 

 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2014, 11:48 AM »
Base looks nice, Look forward to seeing an update when out of leaf.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2014, 08:30 PM »
I'll post one next year.  For a future update.  It would be great if even more people tracked progress of projects on here. 

I'll thin the canopy further in the coming months.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2014, 01:54 PM »
I would love to see what is up under all that treefro.  Looks enormous.  What fun you will have!
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2014, 10:08 PM »
The photos uploaded on May 11th above were from about two months ago.  These photos are from two days ago.  After taking the major chunks out I let the branches fully extend to aid in major cut healing.  After 3 weeks on the road, I returned to an even bigger "leaf-fro" and major internal leaf cooking.  Hey, it happens.  But, this cultivated variety has short internodes and new buds form internally once air and light are available easily. 

This is the thinned out image before outer canopy thinning and after.

It's a beast of a tree.  Plans are to do some major root work next late Winter and place tree in an oversized bonsai container.  Will get a leafless pic this Fall.

 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2014, 12:10 PM »
It's really beautiful, I love how much green is on there. I'm looking forward to seeing what's under it this winter!
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2014, 09:15 PM »
Damn Owen!!!! What a tree!!!! I wish it were mine and I hope to see it one day.

Have a great week!!!
Sam
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2014, 10:16 AM »
As they say, Foliage sells. ;D
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2014, 12:58 PM »
Owen, great looking tree. Any chance we can get a nice fall colors photo update?
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2014, 02:31 PM »
Just checked on the tree yesterday when I was home. Fall color has not started, but I will post a photo when the leaves change and went to sleep.
 

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Re: Acer palmatum 'Sharp's Pygmy' Project
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2014, 11:31 PM »
Reefed419:  Missed Fall color this year; wasn't home and early hard freeze zapped the foliage.  Below are some structural photos taken yesterday.  Basically all but part of two of the major trunks and heavy branches will be removed over time.  

Tree will be repotted into a large bonsai container next Spring to accomplish long overdue root work.  It's time to get this baby in some good media and start new structural branches.  More chunks of tree will be removed next year, but far more in 2 years.
« Last Edit: December 15, 2014, 11:49 PM by Owen Reich »