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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Lawrencepj13 on April 28, 2013, 01:48 PM

Title: Any hope left?
Post by: Lawrencepj13 on April 28, 2013, 01:48 PM
Hi there, have recently rescued an old bonsai from my old house. Was bought as a present so not aware of the species etc. but am wanting to start growing again and wanted to know if there's any hope left with this one? Bark is dry and brittle, same are the branches. Soil is now moist and moss still abundant. Found several woodlice, young and old and removed them. Have read on ways to heal dying trees but as a beginner wanted to ask an expert for their opinion! Thanks. (See attached image for state of the tree). Lawrence.
Title: Re: Any hope left?
Post by: 0soyoung on April 28, 2013, 02:27 PM
1.Do you see any leaf buds?
     If no, there is little hope. Go to 2. (below)
     If yes do the buds have color other than dark brown/black?
          If no (they are black-ish), there is no hope --> optionally go to 2.
          If yes, there is hope --> watch the buds over the next month --> Go to 3.

2.Make a small cut into the bark of a twig, either with your thumbnail or a knife.
  Do you see anything green in the cut?
     If yes, go to 3. --> watch the buds over the next month.
     If no, there is no hope for the end of that twig.
          Repeat on another twig/branch, working your way ultimately to a spot on the trunk.
               No green = no hope. Else go to 3. if green is found.


3. No foliage by the end of May = absolutely no hope (acceptance of which is hard, I know).
Title: Re: Any hope left?
Post by: Lawrencepj13 on April 28, 2013, 02:32 PM
Made a cut on some of the branches, very brittle and white all the way through, can snap the branches off (that dry :() and under the bark the trunk has a brown layer with light brown/white underneath (saw this at the bottom of the trunk...)
Title: Re: Any hope left?
Post by: Dave Murphy on April 28, 2013, 08:50 PM
Made a cut on some of the branches, very brittle and white all the way through, can snap the branches off (that dry :() and under the bark the trunk has a brown layer with light brown/white underneath (saw this at the bottom of the trunk...)

...sounds like kindling...sorry.
Title: Re: Any hope left?
Post by: Lawrencepj13 on April 29, 2013, 06:11 AM
Haha! At least the pot is nice for future trees... Bonfire anyone?