Author Topic: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1  (Read 4775 times)

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Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« on: March 26, 2011, 08:55 AM »
Here's the first one out of the ground.  Worth keeping?
 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 10:07 AM »
If you don't want it I'll take it  ;D Big un
 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 11:45 AM »
My two cents.....
It is worth keeping.....FOR SURE!  As to what direction to go in the future,? I would remove the thin sucker now, and I would sit with a good drink and think about this tree. From what I can see there are a few real straight trunks that I would remove. The one that is on the right in the second and third picture, and probably the two on the left. This leaves the main trunk and the first branch off it. I think that 'branch' or second trunk, may also go leaving just the one with good movement, but of course it is way to early to do anything.

Hey... it is my 2 cents

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012, 01:56 PM »
This one got repotted this weekend.  It is now manageable for me to lift it in the pot, and out of the pot I was able to wrangle it with one hand. 

I was able to shave off 3-4" from the bottom of the root mass, and about that much on all sides as well.  I simplified the trunks, and was able to chop and hopefully be able to build taper as a result of the healing of one of those chops.

After this repotting session (out in the cold with the wind whipping), I had to tuck it into the greenhouse prior to the 19° and 24°f lows that came through.  Once it warms back up I'll bring it out of the greenhouse and take some pics.
 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 09:41 PM »
2 more collected today.  Sadly they're in a generally exposed location and its going to 33ºF tonight.  I'll try to get pics and start a new thread with the eventual "haul".  (I've got at least 3 more ...and not sure if a few of them are going to fit into the cement mixing tubs.)
 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 10:33 PM »
Ok, I decided they were worth the trouble of moving them.

 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 04:03 PM »
Great nebari.
 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012, 08:06 PM »
The smaller one's trunk goes about 4-5" further into the soil and tapers as well.  I managed to saw it as flat as I could get it at that point.  There are roots enough to sustain the tree ...and the flat cut ought to yield a nebari/root structure I can use eventually after removing the roots that are further up the trunk.  I'm pleased with all three of these, but that one COULD be really special.
 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 08:30 PM »
Good job Wayne.  I agree, that one could turn out especially nice.  But all three look like fun projects!
 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2013, 07:41 PM »
One of these hasn't seen any foliage since the day it was dug. (Check the dates above for an indication.)  I'd resolved that after things slow down, during my fall cleaning, that I'd drag this one to the road.

 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2014, 10:14 AM »
Here's the  one that I believe could have a really special nebari. It got repotted and this is what it's roots look like. It was getting late so I didn't get a completed photo, but it's out of its pine-bark soil
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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2014, 10:24 AM »
Also, the large root (with the yellow hose protecting it from the wire) will go, but I wanted to have something substantial to tie to.

Looking at these pictures, I did I poor job of showcasing the future nebari.  Its going to be special though.  And there are NO roots growing vertically.  It was sawn flat before initially potting it up a couple of years ago.  Its also in a much smaller container (Anderson Flat-esque, out of a concrete mixing tub) now with a *much* higher quality soil.

I've got some decisions to make on reducing the height and possibly number of the remaining trunks.
 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2014, 11:12 AM »
nice one!  Will you do reductions this year up top, or wait a year? And just wondering , do you have to do any special winter protection of these once they get into a bonsai pot? I have to up here, just wondering if you need to in your zone.
 

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Re: Collected Crape Myrtle Stump #1
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2014, 11:45 AM »
For most of the winter these have sat out on the ground.  When temperatures dip under mid-20s, I get a little nervous and move them to my greenhouse.  (How much easier these will be in their new pot/soil!)

Gary Marchal ha[s|d] a nice one a few years ago when he was kind enough to host my group at his house.  He said the secret to nebari on Crape Myrtles is doing good rootwork at repotting time and planting in a shallow pot.  He also found that he loses some of the fine branching if he doesn't protect his Crapes, especially in late winter/early spring.

http://upstatebonsai.com/glr/v/admin/GaryM-08/ed_DSC_0008.jpg.html

As for the timing of the reductions, I wish I'd done it last night but I didn't feel very decisive.  I may still do it in the coming week or so, but may end up reducing it in the summer after its grown a bit.  (I wired it in well enough that I can lift the tree by the trunk and the pot wouldn't move ...but that's not to say that it won't wiggle when its sawn.)
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