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General Category => Fruiting and Flowering Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Judy on June 20, 2015, 09:46 AM

Title: Ume
Post by: Judy on June 20, 2015, 09:46 AM
My first ume.  I have lots to learn I'm sure, but I am enjoying the very strong shoot growth.  I have repotted and wired this out, and am happy to see it being so vigorous. Looks like I need to get back in and rewire the shoots again, they are outgrowing the wire!
Title: Re: Ume
Post by: Zach Smith on June 21, 2015, 10:22 AM
My first ume.  I have lots to learn I'm sure, but I am enjoying the very strong shoot growth.  I have repotted and wired this out, and am happy to see it being so vigorous. Looks like I need to get back in and rewire the shoots again, they are outgrowing the wire!

Nice little tree, Judy.
Title: Re: Ume
Post by: Judy on June 21, 2015, 11:52 AM
Thanks Zach, I can look forward to winter more now...I'll have to start figuring out what level of winter protection to give this one.  And also wonder if it can come inside for the flowering cycle, or if that would be harmful to the tree.  If it only needs a short dormancy, I suppose it could stay inside after flowering with my other trees that winter inside if it breaks dormancy.  Anybody up north have a protection scheme that they'd like to share?  I have all kinds of zones for different trees that need winter protection, just trying to determine where this one will fit in.
Title: Re: Ume
Post by: SHIMA1 on June 21, 2015, 07:43 PM
Nice stubby little tree Judy. It almost looks like it's on a rock. In fact I like the whole composition.
I tried to hop on the ume craze, really I did, what's not to love? But no matter what I did I couldn't conquer the fungus problem.
Title: Re: Ume
Post by: Judy on June 21, 2015, 09:41 PM
So I have heard a bit about this fungus problem from some, but don't really know what it's all about.  Anyone care to enlighten me?  Is it in specific climates, or just a problem with this specie?
Title: Re: Ume
Post by: Owen Reich on June 21, 2015, 10:35 PM
Ume get a number of different fungal, viral, and bacterial issues. 

Verticillium wilt is bad news.  Armillaria is really bad.  Scale, aphids, caterpillars, Japanese beetle, etc.

Totally worth it though   ;D.
Title: Re: Ume
Post by: SHIMA1 on June 22, 2015, 05:10 AM
Mine didn't have a problem with bugs but even though I coddled it to the point of obsession it would not thrive. It's the climate. Cool humid and wet.
Title: Re: Ume
Post by: SHIMA1 on June 22, 2015, 05:15 AM
Thanks Zach, I can look forward to winter more now...I'll have to start figuring out what level of winter protection to give this one.  And also wonder if it can come inside for the flowering cycle, or if that would be harmful to the tree.  If it only needs a short dormancy, I suppose it could stay inside after flowering with my other trees that winter inside if it breaks dormancy.  Anybody up north have a protection scheme that they'd like to share?  I have all kinds of zones for different trees that need winter protection, just trying to determine where this one will fit in.
Good question. In Japan it's forced to flower inside to raise the spirit in anticipation of spring. You could get the particulars from someone whose done this there.
Title: Re: Ume
Post by: Judy on June 22, 2015, 09:34 AM
So far I've only had to evict an ant nest in the base, other than that, pretty carefree here.  (so far)