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Anthony

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Fustic - branch extension result
« on: November 07, 2014, 09:50 AM »
Good Morning Folks,

remember the Fustic [ Chlorophora tinctoria ], from earlier this year, well the first branch was allowed to extend about 3 months ago.
However it was first placed into a larger pot, with a simple mix of 5 mm gravel about 80 % by volume and compost. Mosquito mesh was used to keep the core out of the growing medium.

It is presently going thorugh our version of winter, leaves are yellowing and it will remain leafless for about two months.

Next step is to cut off the extension branch, 38 inches long and then repot. Later the second branch will allowed to extend and then the first branch again.
Exploration will be made for some type of root quality, however a mature fustic is slight on surface roots. So something has to be worked out.

What has been observed is simply, if a tree has extra cambium growth / heals wounds well/easily, then it can thicken in a container.
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Anthony

[1] First the tree as it was in leaf earlier this year.

[2] Then the tree today.

[3] The extension and please note the normal size of a leaf.

[4] Lastly, a shot of the mesh in the soil.
 

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Re: Fustic - branch extension result
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2014, 04:32 AM »
Well that sure worked!

I really like the elmish leaves. Pointier. Island elm!

Seems one more year would get it into better proportion.
Why the switch back to second then first again?

Won't you lose some (taper) of what you have gained?

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Re: Fustic - branch extension result
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2014, 05:00 AM »
Hiya Sorce,

information is being transferred from a test Ficus p. [ Formal Upright attempt ] since these trees are both in the same family and have thick cambiums, the idea is to see if the responses will be similar.

The ficus was grown from a whip found in nature, and is presently about 2" at the base. The first branch was allowed to extend,
and then the second, same is being done for the fustic.
Following the guideline of 1 to 0.75 , trunk to first branch, the first branch would need to go 1.5 inches for the ficus.

As the fustic thickens in the trunk, so the branches go. The second branch should be 1 trunk to 0.5 on the branch.

The idea is to produce really thick trunks, and come closer to the traditional ideas of Bonsai.
By the way there are several ficus being trained as formal, informal, leaning .....................
Same way there are a few fustic going that way as well.
After Christmas more images will follow.

The thick trunk will also allow a reference for the density of twigs in the fustic. This tree is new to Bonsai, as I know it and it is explore/research/discover all the way.

The ficus has good root structure, the fustic differs here in being deeply rooted and has the personality in the zone of trunk to soil [ bole ?].
I will add some more images, so I don't confuse you.
Thanks for looking and commenting / asking.
Good Day
Anthony 
 

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Re: Fustic - branch extension result
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2014, 08:33 AM »
Okay Sorce,

here is the plan - using a technique invented by Jun on IBC - placing very good quality tracing paper on the laptop's screen, and using a 9b pencil, gently trace the outline of the tree. Remove and add on information.

Tree is presently 12 inches tall and just as wide.
So the trunk could end up around 2 ot 3 inches wide [ using the guideline of 1 to 6 or 1 to 5 inches , trunk to height or width.
1 to 6 is for more grace /feminine.]

Presently the trunk is just below 1.5 inches.

Pot size is to be upgraded to the one seen in the image and if the tree can master the pot by June / July, if needed another larger pot will be brought into use. When the trees are potbound our heavy rain, cannot damage them.

As each branch reaches the objective, work begins on branching and healing of the two wounds, seen in the diagram.
The main wound is already attempting to self heal, just a little dremel work should help out.

Ultimately the idea is to see how many branchlets the optimum size of trunk can handle, will it be as dense as a Zelkova, or at least a none selected Zelkova cultivar of ultimate twiggyness.
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Anthony
 

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Re: Fustic - branch extension result
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2014, 08:39 AM »
The oldest in training originally called - John crotch plant - because that is where it caught John as a seedling  :)

About 20 years or so old, John eventually gave it to K, as he grew to dislike thorns. John is now 80 something and the President of the Bonsai Society [ and very Chinese - fussy and difficult - but still K's friend ]

It has changed a bit, but the idea is still a slim tree, and there are decent roots.
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Anthony
 

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Re: Fustic - branch extension result
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 05:58 AM »
As long as John made a second generation....!  I Guess hes ok!

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Fustic - branch extension result
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2014, 07:37 PM »
Just a verbal update.

The long extension was almost 4' and the breeze was causing the pot to tip, even a heavy stone placed on the soil for extra weight didn't work.
So a cut down and an airlayer was done to give the extension branch a chance at life.

Two weeks or so later, the extension grew roots and became it's own tree.

The cut down stimulated the tree so much it grew a new canopy of bright green leaves.

Next on the agenda, 2nd of January 2015, repotting and preparation for a second extension branch on the left side of the tree.
Images will follow as I slow down from Christmas outings with the family.
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Re: Fustic - branch extension result
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2014, 08:43 AM »
As promised the updated images.

[1] Front

[2] Side

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Anthony
 

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Re: Fustic - branch extension result
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2014, 07:57 AM »
Wow.  Huge difference and great improvement.
 

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Re: Fustic - branch extension result
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2014, 04:41 AM »
A comparison - earlier this year 2014 and today.

Plus you may have realised this is the test specimen.
Now we go to the next stage - 1 leaf ontop, 2 on the side and 3 at the base. How many branchlets can we achieve, before we get to the second branch and cleaning the major wound, which is starting to callus.

Repotting may allow us to check the root situation. How to furrow the trunk, since this tree on flat land with age has no surface roots.

As we thicken the trunk [ hopefully ] how many more branchlets can we get?

We have to do this everytime a new tree species is found.
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Anthony