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BonsaiEngineer1493

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New Contorted Quince
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:39 PM »
Greetings!

I'm going to receive a contorted quince next week. It will arrive bare rooted. I'm going to prepare a training pot, but I'm not sure which soil to use. I know a lot of you been writing about quinces lately so I would like to know what soil your using. I'm not sure what variety it is. All I know is that it's contorted. Pictures are displayed below. I been suggested to cut back hard and I agree. I'm planning to get Bonsai International Magazine 2006 No.1. Overall I need guidance developing it so I would like to hear your suggestions in that aspect too.

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014, 09:15 AM »
Nick, I would remove the two trunks that stand apart from the rest of the clump and work with the rest, for starters.
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 10:11 AM »
Very cool. Wait until you start to get leaves starting to pike out of their buds then cut back everything to a stub with a leaf. Place all of the cuttings in to a clay/plastic pot after dipping in rooting hormone, protect. Repot into a moisture retentive soil, 75% akadama or so. Make sure you tie the little tree in the pot and protect from hard freeze this spring. They are tough when established, just don't like to be bone dry. These contorted ones do clip, guy wire, grow pretty well. Mine have white flowers.
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2014, 06:04 PM »
Ditto on the above.  As I said in the PM, removing all the largest trunks that are say larger than a pencil over two cycles; half each time and staggering where the cuts are would be a good idea. 
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2014, 09:57 AM »
Thanks guys! I'll update with pictures when I start working on it. However, I still need to know which soil mix to get.
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2014, 10:14 AM »
What are your options for soil? I would use an Akadama blend (~75%Akadama and 25% pumice/volcanic, 3-5mm). If thus isn't available tell ys what your options are.
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2014, 10:52 AM »
I think Boon's mix would be good. What do you guys think?
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2014, 12:38 PM »
The general akadama/pumice/lava is fine, it will tend to be dry for this tree. You can fix that by putting sphagnum on the soil surface and possibly setting thid plant on a tray of stones that catches water to mainatain the needed humidity.
 

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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2014, 09:21 PM »
Can't wait to see it in spring! The contorted ness looks very nice, enjoy! I'm curious to know what color flowers you have?

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2014, 06:34 PM »
Here are the pictures. It just arrived.
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2014, 04:26 PM »
I like this one.
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2014, 04:58 PM »
 ;D
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2014, 09:48 PM »
I think it's almost time to chop it down. I go down to my garage everyday to check up on it and I noticed buds everywhere. I will take a picture when I notice leafs popping out of buds like John said.
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2014, 10:17 PM »
Here is a picture I took today. Is it time?
 

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Re: New Contorted Quince
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2014, 07:56 AM »
A closeup of the buds would be good.   Is it showing green tips out of the buds yet?  Actually I hope not, as there is still a lot of cold weather left in this winter...