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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Owen Reich on August 04, 2015, 09:20 PM

Title: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: Owen Reich on August 04, 2015, 09:20 PM
This is a project I've been working on since 2008.  Vine originally collected from the cloverleaf right next to a police station in Nashville.  The Spring after collection, the vine didn't leaf out at all and no buds swelled.  There were no branches and very few roots as collection was a very quick affair.  Vine was covering a sheer rock face about 30 feet high and wide.

In June of 2009, I winged the plant into the woods.  Mid-arc, I saw white feeder roots and caught on first bounce.  The creeper leafed out a week later.  

Very little changed for a few years as it was growing in heavy peat moss and granite grit.  Photos below are from 2014

Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: Owen Reich on August 04, 2015, 09:27 PM
In October of 2014, I decided on the final planting angle and started hunting for a final container.

Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: Owen Reich on August 04, 2015, 09:31 PM
In February of 2015, I repotted the creeper into a temporary container by Jim Barrett.  Container was chosen to house the roots I wired with heavy aluminum wrapped in electrical tape.
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: Owen Reich on August 04, 2015, 09:41 PM
Yesterday, I detail wired the bonsai, removed the heavy wires on the roots, and defoliated the Parthenocissus quinquefolia.  Then, I slip-potted into a pink container by Michael Hagedorn I acquired from Jim Doyle of Nature's Way.  This is the third round of defoliation this year; first being largest Spring foliage, second was 50% of foliage (largest leaves and those creating shade), last was 90% defoliation leaving only the weakest foliage on new necessary shoots.

New foliage in the past has come out about the diameter of a silver dollar after three rounds.  Fall color should be dead on for Asheville  ;D.
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: Zach Smith on August 08, 2015, 03:55 PM
Yesterday, I detail wired the bonsai, removed the heavy wires on the roots, and defoliated the Parthenocissus quinquefolia.  Then, I slip-potted into a pink container by Michael Hagedorn I acquired from Jim Doyle of Nature's Way.  This is the third round of defoliation this year; first being largest Spring foliage, second was 50% of foliage (largest leaves and those creating shade), last was 90% defoliation leaving only the weakest foliage on new necessary shoots.

New foliage in the past has come out about the diameter of a silver dollar after three rounds.  Fall color should be dead on for Asheville  ;D.
Nice job, Owen.  I collected a trumpet vine about a month ago, it's just a trunk now but should grow like a vine(!).  Wisteria has always proven really hard for me to collect in larger size, they start rotting pretty quickly and don't seem to want to stop.  Have you ever worked with pepper vine?  I've got quite a bit of it where I live, but rarely see it with much trunk size.

Keep us posted on this one, anxious to see the progress.

Zach
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: Herman on August 12, 2015, 08:30 AM
love the movement in the trunk :) its a awkward kind of elegance


best regards
Herman
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: Owen Reich on August 13, 2015, 12:09 AM
Yesterday, I detail wired the bonsai, removed the heavy wires on the roots, and defoliated the Parthenocissus quinquefolia.  Then, I slip-potted into a pink container by Michael Hagedorn I acquired from Jim Doyle of Nature's Way.  This is the third round of defoliation this year; first being largest Spring foliage, second was 50% of foliage (largest leaves and those creating shade), last was 90% defoliation leaving only the weakest foliage on new necessary shoots.

New foliage in the past has come out about the diameter of a silver dollar after three rounds.  Fall color should be dead on for Asheville  ;D.
Nice job, Owen.  I collected a trumpet vine about a month ago, it's just a trunk now but should grow like a vine(!).  Wisteria has always proven really hard for me to collect in larger size, they start rotting pretty quickly and don't seem to want to stop.  Have you ever worked with pepper vine?  I've got quite a bit of it where I live, but rarely see it with much trunk size.

Keep us posted on this one, anxious to see the progress.

Zach


Seems that wisteria growing in the deep South do not respond as well to transplanting as those further north.  In my experience, it's best to collect them when they are younger or smaller in diameter. 

Don't think I've ever worked with "pepper vine".  A Latin name would help.  Someone here likely has experience with them.
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: Zach Smith on August 15, 2015, 02:10 PM
Yesterday, I detail wired the bonsai, removed the heavy wires on the roots, and defoliated the Parthenocissus quinquefolia.  Then, I slip-potted into a pink container by Michael Hagedorn I acquired from Jim Doyle of Nature's Way.  This is the third round of defoliation this year; first being largest Spring foliage, second was 50% of foliage (largest leaves and those creating shade), last was 90% defoliation leaving only the weakest foliage on new necessary shoots.

New foliage in the past has come out about the diameter of a silver dollar after three rounds.  Fall color should be dead on for Asheville  ;D.
Nice job, Owen.  I collected a trumpet vine about a month ago, it's just a trunk now but should grow like a vine(!).  Wisteria has always proven really hard for me to collect in larger size, they start rotting pretty quickly and don't seem to want to stop.  Have you ever worked with pepper vine?  I've got quite a bit of it where I live, but rarely see it with much trunk size.

Keep us posted on this one, anxious to see the progress.

Zach


Seems that wisteria growing in the deep South do not respond as well to transplanting as those further north.  In my experience, it's best to collect them when they are younger or smaller in diameter. 

Don't think I've ever worked with "pepper vine".  A Latin name would help.  Someone here likely has experience with them.

Sorry about that.  Ampelopsis arborea.  Lovely foliage.

Zach
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: SpongeMann on August 20, 2015, 01:06 PM
 Looks great ,it's creepy cool . None of my V. Creeper have that kind of movement.
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: Owen Reich on August 20, 2015, 08:46 PM
"Creepy Cool" was the goal  ;D.  The branches of this one must be wired every 2-3 years so they don't become tangled.  Aluminum wire was left on for 1.5 years last time is was wired to ensure a good setting in place.
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: SpongeMann on December 11, 2015, 10:49 AM
That's great . I really like that tree.I am going to leave the wire on mine longer then. I went up to  the Blue Ridge ,North Carolina area in October. The fall colors were great. I brought back some trees I got off of the property I rented. I did alot of work on the property for the owner. So he let me take mosses and trees from his property. I am definitely going back next fall.
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: bwaynef on December 11, 2015, 02:01 PM
This one was at the Silhouette show too.
Title: Re: Virginia Creeper Project
Post by: DorianJF on December 14, 2015, 03:50 AM
Saw pictures of the show on Valavanis bonsai Blog.

Really stunning.

Great picture on there of the tree too.