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Owen Reich

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Limits of Material for Certain Species
« on: November 01, 2013, 10:32 PM »
I was asked to elaborate on something mentioned on another thread "Where to Buy" regarding the limitations of some species' potential to become a good bonsai recently.  Don't have a lot of time right now so I'll come back to this later.  One of the species was Prunus mume.  We work with what we have here in America due to availability issues for the species.  An ume with a crappy trunk line will likely be a bonsai with lots of flowers and a crappy trunk line....  Carving is possible but generally reserved for old stumps.  Young ones best to start with as it's easier to grow sacrifice branches to thicken where you want to then remove.  Creating interesting ones requires a great deal of foresight as many young ones in Japan are trained with exaggerated curves that will soften as the trunk thickens and the bark matures.  Most I see here are grown for the landscape and have little to no movement.  I'd start with seedlings and wire often.

Dan W.

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Re: Limits of Material for Certain Species
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 11:16 PM »
Owen, I have a contorted white ume grafted to a rather long slender trunk. Is it possible to take cuttings from these? I've also heard that they don't layer well....?

Or could very low grafts help?