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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Hotaction on May 17, 2010, 09:38 AM

Title: get that beech on a budget!
Post by: Hotaction on May 17, 2010, 09:38 AM
Despite telling myself I wasn't getting any new trees, I found what I thought to be a deal to good to pass up at one of the club shows I attended this weekend.  So, I am the proud new owner or my first European Beech.  Lots of work ahead, but also a nice start to a decent bonsai.

Dave
Title: Re: get that beech on a budget!
Post by: Hotaction on April 13, 2011, 02:23 PM
Got this pot for like $20 and put the beech in it while i chase the branches back and work on getting it back into shape.
Title: Re: get that beech on a budget!
Post by: bwaynef on April 14, 2011, 11:04 AM
Wow.  I don't hate that one too much.  Looks like you could probably go ahead and get some wire on those branches ...at least for direction.
Title: Re: get that beech on a budget!
Post by: Hotaction on April 14, 2011, 04:37 PM
Thanks Wayne.

I didn't really feel the need to wire the branches yet, as I plan on using some agressive beech pruning techniques to chase buds back as close to the trunk as i can get them.  TOnce those new shoots have a chance to grow a bit, I will get to the wire.  Copper ain't free, and I'm not concerned with the appearance, as I've got plenty of other projects going to keep me busy.

Dave
Title: Re: get that beech on a budget!
Post by: thomas tynan on April 14, 2011, 10:18 PM
Dave..It is a very nice beech. You will find aluminum easier on the beech bark - easier to get on and then to get off. The wire can only stay on a short time - the branches will thicken and the wire leaves a bad - long term scar. Once it leafs out - very hard to wire. They only bud once per season - cutting the buds and defoliating may not induce back budding. I have found that when you wire out the branches and get some motion in the branches it helps to fill out the tree. Also appears to have a very nice root base - even all the way around. The big low branch to the left has to be protected and developed -it works well with the trunk. Cool tree. Tom.
Title: Re: get that beech on a budget!
Post by: Hotaction on May 06, 2011, 02:04 PM
Well, I decided I would put some wire to this beech.  Another victim of the wee hours of the night.

Dave
Title: Re: get that beech on a budget!
Post by: Hotaction on November 08, 2011, 11:41 AM
A bit of color on this one,  nothing spectacular.