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jlushious

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Berberis Cascade (eventually!)
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:21 PM »
Just posting some pics of this berberis I bought last summer from a garden centre. Chopped it back pretty significantly, repotted into better soil last summer and let it grow this year. So far I like the look, will have to cut back on some of the branches that died over the winter. I left them in for new as I think some of them give some character!

Top pic is as purchased from the garden centre. Second is post chop and repot. Third and fourth are from yesterday. No wiring done yet.
 

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Re: Berberis Cascade (eventually!)
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2014, 07:22 PM »
Why semi cascade?
 

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Re: Berberis Cascade (eventually!)
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2014, 10:57 PM »
Well it just kind of happened, when I was doing the initial pruning there had been a lot of die off because they hadn't watered it much at the store. So I left what was still healthy and this is how it grew out! I can probably chop the side off more and maybe go for a clump style, but I like the idea of a cascade - will need more wiring to get it to cascade more eventually.

Not really a good reason is it? Any suggestions? Ideas? I am open to whatever, this is just where it chose to push out new growth this spring so I thought I would roll with it.
 

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Re: Berberis Cascade (eventually!)
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2014, 07:25 AM »
A 5 trunk clump , much shorter would be more believable. Shorter is the operative word. Make sense? You have a very nice base, to make a semicascade, you would need to cut back and do sequential/repeated wiring and cut back of new shoots. It still would not necessarily be convincing. Nice little plant, my wife has Identigied a few in the landscape that she wants me draft into bonsai service......
 

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Re: Berberis Cascade (eventually!)
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2014, 07:29 AM »
Hi J,

Has the middle trunk with the nice movement died off? I can't really tell but it looks like no new growth pushed from it

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Re: Berberis Cascade (eventually!)
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2014, 09:26 AM »
That's correct Herman, nothing on the twisted trunk, I thought it had the most character as well!
 

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Re: Berberis Cascade (eventually!)
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2014, 10:00 AM »
I agree with Mr Kirby,

also see a clump rather than a semi cascade in there, that base will definitely complement a clump composition. To create a semi cascade will mean that you will have to grow this out way more to get a lower trunk that matches up with that base. Try and research clump styles, look at a lot of pics and if you can study clump bonsai in front of you until you see something that will be easily accomplished with this material and pleases you aesthetically. 
 
It also looks like you have a lot of die back on the other trunks up until the nodes that the new growth sprouted from. I've never worked with any berberis species but I think it may be a good idea to speak to people that do train them, so that they can outline possible pitfalls for you, and how to avoid them.

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