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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Jeff Lahr on April 23, 2010, 05:30 AM

Title: Help with new ume
Post by: Jeff Lahr on April 23, 2010, 05:30 AM
I know this has never happened to any of you: I was visiting Muranka Bonsai in order to purchase a pine, but I saw an apricot growing in the field and couldn't resist. The first photo shows it the day that it was dug up in Feb. (I'm in CA). The second photo is how it looked last week.

This is my first fruiting tree. Should I let it grow unrestrained this first season? Should I cut back the new growth? Help me out!
Title: Re: Help with new ume
Post by: capnk on April 23, 2010, 01:36 PM
Jeff,
The answer to your questions depends somewhat on things we can't see.  How were the roots?  In general, I would recommend you let a newly dug tree grow vigorously with little pruning first year out of the ground.  But it depends....  Even given that, you may need to do some judicious pruning to avoid knobs and inverse taper, etc.
Good luck,
Chris
Title: Re: Help with new ume
Post by: Serissa on April 25, 2010, 08:16 AM
I think those straight up water sprouts should be cut, but if you're reluctant, you might try pulling them down with string temporarily.  Tie a string around the pot, then tie other strings to it, looping them around one or more branches.   :D  It helps if you were a Boy Scout and learned knots.  You can make sliding ones to adjust the tension as needed.  My husband hates to wire and uses string most of the time.
Title: Re: Help with new ume
Post by: Jerry Norbury on April 25, 2010, 02:40 PM
What's your goal?

Are you asking the question because you want to promote flowers and/or fruit?

It will continue to throw new shoots like this all through the growing season. They happily back-bud if you remove all branches too...
Title: Re: Help with new ume
Post by: Jeff Lahr on April 26, 2010, 12:50 AM
What's your goal?

Are you asking the question because you want to promote flowers and/or fruit?

It will continue to throw new shoots like this all through the growing season. They happily back-bud if you remove all branches too...

I'm looking to develop branches that will best show off the flowers. I'm not too concerned about flowers in the next couple of seasons, I'd rather build the foundation.
Title: Re: Help with new ume
Post by: Jerry Norbury on April 26, 2010, 06:24 AM
Then you need to be developing ramification to maximise the number of branches and thus the number of flowers.

The existing branches could be pruned back to an inch (or less depending on your personal comfort levels and then further grown out, repeating throughout the growing season.

Keep well fed and watered...
Title: Re: Help with new ume
Post by: Jeff Lahr on April 26, 2010, 06:53 PM
Then you need to be developing ramification to maximise the number of branches and thus the number of flowers.

The existing branches could be pruned back to an inch (or less depending on your personal comfort levels and then further grown out, repeating throughout the growing season.

Keep well fed and watered...

Your advice is well taken. Can it be pruned back in late spring/early summer?
Title: Re: Help with new ume
Post by: Jerry Norbury on April 28, 2010, 01:49 PM
Yes.

No problem.

When the branches have grow 2 more sets of leaves, which could be in as little as a few weeks, prune the newest 2 out. Repeat through the year.