Author Topic: Pyracantha Future Shohin  (Read 1972 times)

RyanFrye

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Pyracantha Future Shohin
« on: May 30, 2011, 08:31 AM »
I know very little about firethorns but I tried airlayering one last year and it took. I separated it earlier this year. It's planted in almost pure pool filter sand (I like the size of the sand grains especially for shohin). I've been feeding it heavily and it's responding well. I'm also encouraging the leader to grow out to thicken up the apex. Let me know what you think!

I still don't know how they flower (new wood? Old wood?) so I'm not exactly sure when to prune these guys. If anyone can let me in on the firethorn secret that would be great  ;) :D
 

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Re: Pyracantha Future Shohin
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 11:17 AM »
Ryan,

Pyracantha flowers on the previous seasons growth spurs which should guide your pruning regmine.  I would also caution you on vigorous feeding as it encourages the development of fireblight and loose lanky and often weak growth.  Other than that, your tree looks very nice and will most definitely make a nice bonsai for you.

Randy
 

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Re: Pyracantha Future Shohin
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 03:00 PM »
Good to know about the fertilizer and pruning. Thanks Randy.
 

Larry Gockley

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Re: Pyracantha Future Shohin
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011, 04:09 PM »
Great start ! I like the trunk movement. The only thing I would have done differently is to put it in a root training, mesh type pot, pond basket perhaps. Being an air layer, it is in early stages of root development, and in this pot, I'm afraid it will grow coarse roots that circle the pot. Instead of growing coarse roots, a mesh type pot grows a mass of self pruning, infinitely ramified feeder roots, and an air layered tree is a prime candidate for such development. Looking good, thanks for posting it. Larry