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SpongeMann

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The Determined Crape Myrtle
« on: January 17, 2015, 07:22 PM »
 This Crape is 20 to thirty years old. The prior owner of of the my house planted it. My neighbor says he he planted all the Crapes on our poperty in the late 70s  early 80s. It was a hazy time in his life. They all vary in sizes because of their placement. Some get more sun than others. And the soil is sandy in some areas also. But this one was under East palatka Hollies and Live Oaks. In dry sand. It must have struggled for year it was pruned badly a years ago by him. And the bark rolled over those cuts. And it just stunted its growth. The sunny side grew thicker trunks. It hardly grew leaves when I moved here two years ago. I transplanted it last winter. But here it is.
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2015, 07:29 PM »
I pruned it today . There are a few branches I want to airlayer.
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2015, 07:38 PM »
I also separated the two thickest branches that were to close. I did it with a mechanics spring compressor tool. I  am going to take off the thinnest branch in the future . I want it to help with healing the stubs from Old suckers at its base. Which fusing with its base.
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2015, 07:45 PM »
A few more pics
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2015, 08:03 PM »
I have alot more cleaning up to do on the wounds. I would really appreciate any suggestions on styling . I know i  have to shorten the  trunk  with no taper. Im kinda stumped. I would love a tree similar to one I will paste from online. So yes any suggestions  ?
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2015, 08:16 AM »
You have picked quite a lofty goal for your tree!   :D Nothing wrong with that!
 For me, I'd pick the base view from pic #2 in the post as my focal point, and design around that. I'd create a more old and gnarly feel with this tree as opposed to the refined perfection that is embodied in your WP photo attached.  Just my 2ยข.
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2015, 09:26 AM »
Don't overdo the pruning.  It takes a while for wounds to callus over and you sometimes just have to factor the scars into the design.

To my eyes, your model is much too refined for the rugged trunks you are working with. 
 

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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2015, 10:04 AM »
Yes you guys are complety right . My pre bonsai  wont have the same end result . I just want a sort of  similar crown. Judy I do like that view alot. Your 2 cents are very welcome.J kent  I will repot in a ceramic pot.  I plan on feeding well and just let it grow all next year. It has good roots growing laterally . Which should thicken up well if I do my part. My only problem is I will have to graft it at some point. It gets hit hard by powdery mildew. Thanks you guys let me,know if you see a styling that suits the knarlyness. Lol take care guys
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2015, 02:33 PM »
I had some free time on my hands. And  it was time for a repot. I gave the root ball a flat cut to get lateral roots going. I removed the soil I noticed it needed another cut. The tree needs to be cut down a bit more. And the trunks need to be bent into shape. I will remove two trunks after I bend the trunks . I need them as anchors for now.
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2015, 02:43 PM »
I was able to give it a good root pruning. It grew well last year.
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2015, 03:05 PM »
The tree is unbalanced because of the weight of the tool I used to bend the trunks. So I temporarily put rocks on top of the soil.
 

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Re: The Determined Crape Myrtle
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2015, 03:13 PM »
When I flat cut theoticed that the trunk is hollowing out on its own. I need to buy the bit to bore out the trunk.  I have a soft spot for this Gnarly Crape. It doesn'look like much now but it will.